Before us is the Salesman's House
Before Us is the Salesman's House (2012) is a digital artwork, presented as a large-scale projection on the entry facade of eBay Inc.'s North campus, commissioned for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial. The generative, live software system is an investigation of eBay as a cultural artifact that ties together texts, objects, and transactions pulled directly from visualizations of data from both the eBay and PayPal branches of the company to create stories that reveal societal trends.
The open-ended work is framed around an exploration of geographic and temporal patterns within the eBay ecosystem, and anchored on excerpts of text from classic literature for sale on the site. The title references an excerpt from the first act of Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman.
This work was also be presented at the ZERO1 Urban Screen as a means of networking the eBay campus to the Biennial hub in downtown San Jose.
By Mark Hansen and Jer Thorp