Zachary Kaiser
CitationBomb (2018)
Commissioned intervention (software + essay) for Art Journal Open

CitationBomb is a piece of software into which you enter the name of a paper you’ve cited, and it finds the top 10 related papers on Google Scholar, throws them into a Word doc in 4-pt white text, and then asks you to copy and paste this into the references section in the paper you’re writing. When your paper is published, Google will eventually index all aspects of this paper, finding all citations (including the hundreds in white, because, while they are not “human-readable,” they are, indeed, “machine-readable”). The idea is to flood the citation “market,” and devalue it as a commodity. You can read the essay commissioned by the editors of Art Journal OPEN on the Art Journal Open site and you can download the software here.