[NetBehaviour] 0-Day Art: saving digital art one torrent at a time

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Mon Apr 23 20:18:24 CEST 2012

0-Day Art: saving digital art one torrent at a time

Net pirate provocateurs challenge the monetization of online works

By Joshua Kopstein.

With online storefronts dominating the mobile market, it’s safe to 
assume that most people who own digital devices have some experience 
with the concept of micropayments. But now that we’ve grown accustomed 
to the idea of shelling out tiny nuggets of tribute for things like 
apps, games and music, are we willing to do the same for art?

Art Micro Patronage is hoping for the best. The website, an online 
gallery experimenting with new methods of monetizing artwork that uses 
the internet as a medium, recently launched C.R.E.A.M., its last in a 
series of online exhibitions of animated GIFs, web pages and other 
net-based artwork that asks visitors to contribute small amounts to 
individual works. In doing so, patrons are granted access to them after 
the exhibition “ends” and the works are removed from public viewing.

0-Day Art, a warez release group for internet art, has other ideas. On 
the day of the exhibit’s premiere, the group released a torrent enabling 
all of the featured works, including all those from previous Art Micro 
Patronage exhibits, to be downloaded for free. It wasn’t the first time: 
the torrented exhibits were part of the group’s ongoing efforts to “put 
net art back on the net,” a mission that mixes old-school software 
pirate sensibilities with an underlying drive to preserve digital works 
for the general public, even if that means wresting control of those 
works from the artists themselves.


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