I was inspired by Michael Pollan's book "Cooked."
What it does
The program reads a premade barcode, searches it in a text-based database, and retrieves their lobbying URL.
How I built it
I built the piece using max-MSP - a visual programming software. The program uses a key-in function that is connected to a barcode scanner and uses that number to read through the database in the program.
Challenges I ran into
The database system in Max-MSP is 0-indexed and it was difficult to use the real barcodes of the products I used in the installation. I had to make and use my own barcodes labeled 0-60.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I received a grant for this project and gained department recognition.
What I learned
Companies use fancy packaging and marketing to create an illusion that there is a competitive free market. Everything we buy at the grocery store is owned by 10-15 large corporations.
What's next for Mindful Consumer Project
I would like to make an app that allows people to scan products and immediately view the parent companies lobbying information. A few companies have created something similar, but I want to make something more specific and easier to use.