Hyperrhiz 13: Missives of love
Love Notes and Intimate Circuits
Helen J. Burgess
North Carolina State University
This kit documents MashBOT, a physical computing project in which a Twitterbot is paired with a thermal printer. Love notes are generated by the @mashomatic Twitter account and printed as "receipts" for display. Drawing on Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse and Bruno Latour's Aramis: or the Love of Technology as its primary texts, MashBOT asks us to think about the ways in which the written declaration of love (the mash note) is a document at once transactional and unfathomable.