PPRJM (Paper Jam) is a printer that has been modified to continually cause a paper jam. This form of “Human Error” is something that continues to plague people who think they have correctly loaded paper but have failed due to their inability to follow directions. The average amount of paper waste that comes from an office annually is 10,000 sheets. Whether the paper is wrongly put into the printer or used erroneously and then discarded, this amount of waste is troubling even for the environmentally conscious. Recycling levels in the U.S. are only at 21.4% and Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12 foot high wall from Seattle to NY annually. PPRJM is the third in my series of “Human Error” projects including LttrDial and Dim


The system uses an HP OfficeJet Pro 8035e printer with custom electronics and a motor that purposely displace the paper in the printer’s loading tray. Since the paper enters the printer at an off angle, it will never complete the print correctly and results in a jam.