Ingrid Burrington
(American)

1,033 Objects, 2014
Defense Logistics Agency data and webpage
Courtesy of the artist

Ingrid Burrington, screenshot of 1,033 Objects, 2014.

About 1,033 Objects

Ingrid Burrington’s online work 1,033 Objects draws attention to a system that is so massive it is hard to envision—a US government program that provides police departments around the country with excess military equipment. Burrington’s website randomly pulls 1,033 items from the program’s extensive online repository of data, which was made publicly accessible in 2014. As the artist explains, 1,033 Objects gives you “just a glimpse of this really large thing. If you try to take on the whole totality of the thing, you might actually miss the point.”

Tip for interacting: Refresh the page a few times to see the various items our government has for sale.