Validated Purchases is a series of 5000 unique prints, inserted into books on the shelves of Mill Basin Library in Brooklyn.
The project was commissioned by the Metropolitan New York Library Council for the exhibit “Privacy in Public”.
The prints were generated by a computer program that searches Amazon.com for books on the shelves of Mill Basin Library. The software uses public product reviews to compile a list of customers who purchased each book, and then finds all the other products they’ve publicly bought on Amazon, again via review data.
This “related purchase” data is printed on cards which are then inserted back into the books on the library’s shelves.