[NetBehaviour] Selling software art

Simon Biggs s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
Tue Nov 18 15:06:28 CET 2008

What makes an object art?

It is clear that these objects are destined to be commodities.

Can an art object be a commodity? Can commodities be art objects and remain
commodities? Is Duchamps Fountain still a urinal? I seem to remember
somebody testing this hypothesis.



On 18/11/08 13:33, "patrick simons" <patricksimons1 at googlemail.com> wrote:

> Are these art objects?!
> patrick
> On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 2:24 PM, Pall Thayer <pallthay at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've got some work for sale. Here's the long and short of it.
>> I'm going to be exhibiting a piece of mine called Exist.pl (some of
>> you may remember it as it was developed via discussions here on the
>> list as well as other lists) at the MakeArt festival in France in a
>> couple of weeks. The work will also be exhibited as part of the Piksel
>> festival in Bergen, Norway. Here in Iceland we have what's called The
>> Center for Icelandic Art. Their job is to provide financial assistance
>> to artists taking their work abroad. They're the only source for
>> travel grants for short trips like this one. I applied, I got rejected
>> (with no explanation of why), I have this nagging feeling that they
>> don't "get" this type of art. So what I would like to do now, is to
>> sell copies of this work to get some funds towards the trip (I had
>> already bought flight tickets before I got rejected). The work
>> consists of a piece of software running on a computer. It doesn't
>> produce any output but it's doing a lot of background work. So to
>> provide the viewer with some information on what's going on, four A2
>> sized posters, displaying the source code at various stages of the
>> softwares development, will be displayed.
>> The software itself is free under the GPL license and lives at
>> http://code.google.com/p/existpl
>> But I have for sale a limited edition of twenty sets of these posters.
>> I'll only sell them in sets. There are four posters in the set. These
>> are signed and numbered, high quality color prints suitable for
>> framing. Ideally, they would be displayed in a row on a wall with a
>> computer nearby to run the software when the owner chooses (but this
>> entirely up to the purchaser of the work). You can see a small version
>> of what they look like at the following URLs:
>> http://pallit.lhi.is/~palli/code1.pdf
>> <http://pallit.lhi.is/%7Epalli/code1.pdf>
>> http://pallit.lhi.is/~palli/code2.pdf
>> <http://pallit.lhi.is/%7Epalli/code2.pdf>
>> http://pallit.lhi.is/~palli/code3.pdf
>> <http://pallit.lhi.is/%7Epalli/code3.pdf>
>> http://pallit.lhi.is/~palli/code4.pdf
>> <http://pallit.lhi.is/%7Epalli/code4.pdf>
>> The price is $50 per set. If I manage to sell all twenty sets, this
>> will provide enough to cover printing and mailing costs, with the
>> remainder being approximately what I applied for from The Center for
>> Icelandic Art.
>> On top of being colorful and thought provoking, they create an
>> interesting visual pattern when lined up together.
>> Please contact me offlist if you're interested.
>> Pall Thayer
>> --
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>> artist
>> http://www.this.is/pallit
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Simon Biggs
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