Before Us is the Salesman’s House, Odds/Ends/Notions, 2012/13 Jer Thorp and Mark Hansen

Before Us is the Salesman’s House (2012) is a digital artwork, 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.

Odds/Ends/Notions, 2010-2013
Jer Thorp, w/ Ben Rubin & Mark Hansen
A selection of sketches, excerpts, and discarded ideas from projects by The Office For Creative Research.



Myers School of Art

Emily Davis Gallery
Myers School of Art - University of Akron

150 E. Exchange St Akron, OH 44325


The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider:C6 is data.


Jer Thorp Lecture

October 11, 2013 12:00pm

Closing Reception

October 11, 2013 4:00-6:00pm