Jackson Fish Market, bureau voor handcrafted software experiences, heeft een eenvoudig, maar intrigrerend concept online gezet:
“The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.”
This quote is the opening for the small book described below. In December of 2005 this autograph book was found at a used knicknack store in Hong Kong’s central district and purchased for 380 Hong Kong dollars. The identity of the book’s original owner is a mystery. The stories the book reveals are hidden in plain sight. Aside from a few quotations in English, the bulk of the entries are in Chinese. Tiny pictures of men dot the pages of the book. The Chinese characters start in earnest on the seventh page. They are also the first words that appear to be written by the book’s owner:
“Four days living on the Canton ship [Canton Ho is the name of the ship]. It was cold and hot, crowded. A memorable experience. Heart and mind are together.”
De makers van deze ‘experience’ hebben één regel vertaald, de rest is ‘up to you’. Bezoekers kunnen het boek doorbladeren, commentaren toevoegen en de teksten (proberen te) vertalen.