[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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