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List of research material I looked into:
1. "A Shadow History of the Internet", Finn Brunton (pdf)
2. "Human-Like by Means of Human Control?" (pdf)
3. "A Bestiary of Spam Characters" (pdf)
4. "How Powerful Are Social Bots?" (pdf)
5. Matthew Fuller: Interview with a Photocopier 
My quest of buying followers
Summary month 1
The first month started of with doing a lot of research. Particularly into buying your own bots at first, moving into finding them onto instagram. Finally it resulted into a poster that tried to shine a light on these several phases of my bothunts.
What 2 do next
Decided to jump more into my role of bothunter, so collecting more materials that were specific to these bots I found. The reason why I wanted to find more bots was that I was convinced that gaining more information on them: username, biographies, photos, would give me something to build a project around more. This part was trial & error, trying to find a way to convert all this (different types too) information into something more visual, either fiction or realistic/informative/explanatory on these instagram inhabitants. Here I'll just drop a bunch of the sketches/texts/stuff that was made though might not have make it anywhere.
Start of a txt?
On the collection side of things:
Portraits of a bot
- Filenames img are instagram usernames
- And much more!
- Interesting that many usernames/accounts I found are already gone when I look them up again. > Way to freeze them in time?
- Some of these photos are cut in half to cover the original photo
Babymaker (don't ask ???)
Towards the end of month 3
Towards the end of month 3 I was thinking of doing two things, inspired on chinglish shirts, make shirts with these biographies on them, and something like a Bot Bible, where all their usernames were layed out.
Therefore I needed to collect way more of these generated usernames, so I researched into harvesting these usernames from instagram. They just changed their privacy policies that you could search for specific usernames, though you could still harvest the followers count of a specific account. As I already saw that lots of bots follow bots (one of my strategies to find more) I decided to create an automator for harvesting these followers. It would grab the followers of a bot, create a new list of names from these findings, grab those followers again and so on. This is an endless cycle of course so I did a couple of rounds and put it in a google doc file, as I also manually had to move through these accounts to take the "real" instagram accounts out of these lists.
Link to Google Docs >>> 
Searching for positioning/final outcome
After reading "In defense of the poor image" by Hito Steyerl, I got inspired to remix clothing items that were already manufactured, (just like the bots are remixes of something that already exists), to silkscreen excerpts from my bothunting// research.
Remixes of clothing - BOTCORE
Looking back @ outcome
After my first shirt was done, I figured that I didn't really like the type. The first shirts I did, the bold type, worked better on these shirts. As cool as knif mono is as a type, doesn't work on my remixed clothes. Therefore I made a new screen with mixed bot info, so that now I could also experiment with using multiple bots excerpts on one shirt.