Matthew Rothenberg Canal St. Integers

Canal St. Integers spoofed the Artisanal Integer movement (which in itself was a bit of a parody), where unique integers were provided as a service via API.

The Artisanal Integer movement had played with the notion of authenticity by introducing the notion of fiat “ownership” over a number (even including 3D printing of integers as pseudo certificates of authenticity).

In contrast, Canal St. Integers asserted the value of repurposed culture – acknowledging that which is desirable in media culture is often so precisely because of it’s nonunique status.

In order to do so, Canal St. Integers scraped the Twitter accounts of high-profile celebrities, and then provided a service that reissued the same integers that were used in their tweets.

There was, of course, a fully functional REST API.