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$5M In Torrented Files Presented As Art 243

Posted by timothy
from the think-about-the-street-value-of-this-mountain dept.
ideonexus snips thus from Wired: "The Art 404 gallery is currently exhibiting a piece by Manuel Palou called '5 Million Dollars, 1 Terabyte' which is a 'sculpture' consisting of a 1 TB external hard drive containing $5,000,000 worth of illegally downloaded files. The hard drive is displayed on a pedestal at the gallery." Adds ideonexus: "There is a PDF of the files stored on the device with links to the torrents." I'd like this to be an exhibit at every trial in which gigantic money damages are claimed for copyright infringement.
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$5M In Torrented Files Presented As Art

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  • Uh... art?! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Type44Q (1233630) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @10:30AM (#37339872)
    I'll say it again (for the thousandth time - and this is entirely subjective but it's still true): THIS ISN'T FUCKING ART!!! What it is, however, is a coherent political statement that actually says something (unlike the proverbial paint thrown on the wall, feces on a Ritz cracker, etc, etc). Imagine that...
  • This is art (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mfh (56) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @10:34AM (#37339942) Journal

    I know a lot of you are going to protest and complain that this isn't art, much like the protest over that sculpture made of raw meat... but in a sense this really is art because of the people downloading, the controversy over copyright, the flagrant copyright violation involved in the artist downloading these files and presenting them as an artistic work. I think it's commendable, and it definitely involves taking a risk and it does make you feel something, so it's art.

    I didn't say it was good art, but it is art, and I think it's interesting.

  • Re:Uh... art?! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by maxwell demon (590494) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @10:43AM (#37340082) Journal

    THIS ISN'T FUCKING ART!!!

    So you are saying the downloaded files don't include porn?

  • Re:Two questions: (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Abstrackt (609015) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @11:04AM (#37340322)

    Apparently, anything can be called art now.

    That tiny little box sitting on a pedestal is apparently worth $5,000,000. It think it's a poignant statement on copyright.

  • Re:Uh... art?! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Tar-Alcarin (1325441) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @11:15AM (#37340442)

    So something can be entirely subjective, and at the same time hold some universal truth? That's quite impressive.

    But as for your main point, here's the definition of the concept of art, as quoted from Wikipedia:
    "Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect."

    I'd say; a coherent political statement that says something by means of symbolism, can easily be viewed as art.
    The fact that people are getting quite heated in a discussion about this, I think lends credit to that viewpoint.

  • Re:Two questions: (Score:4, Insightful)

    by cHALiTO (101461) <elchalo@gma i l . c om> on Thursday September 08, 2011 @12:50PM (#37341654) Homepage

    Exactly: We could take another hard drive and copy the first one over to it, then BAM! we've got ourselves 10M bucks. Then another and it's 15M. If we do a couple hundreds, we could actually end world poverty!!

    The concept as I understand it is that the fact that just producing a copy of a disk can instatly create 5M dollars worth of anything is incredibly wrong. From there you can start deconstructing the whole business interpretation of copyright.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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