Amazon Noir -
2006. Mixed media, dimensions variable.
» Website: Amazon-Noir.net
- Press Release on 15 Nov. 2006
- Press pictures in high-res
- Selected Stolen Books, PDF version
- PDF Diagram of the hack, HD version
- Code of the hack, ZIP pack
- Interview for CONT3XT/Furtherfield
- Text "Social Alghoritms". 2011
- Text Amazon Noir personal diary. 2007
- Artwork "Hacking Monopolism Trilogy"
Selected press coverage
- Frankfurter Zeitun, 2006, Germany
- El Commercio, 2007, Spain
- El Pais,
- Blick, review, 2007
- OE24.at, review, 2007
- MC Jurnal, essay, 2007
- Die Zie, review, 2006
- We Make Money not Art, review, 2006
Amazon Noir, installation in Berlin at Transmediale festival
This project eluded Amazon.com copyright protections through a sophisticated hack of the "Search Inside" service. Complete digital volumes of books were obtained and reassembled into .pdf format, then redistributed for free. The hacking took place while traditional publishers were persuaded to digitize their publications for being handed to Amazon.com. The project generated wide press coverage and in turn, press inquiries to Amazon.com, which kept denying their vulnerability. This media performance was documented through various types of offline conceptual installations and with the appropriated books printed and assembled as if they were the originals. The conceptual artwork integrated the criminalization of piracy with free circulation and access to culture, hence addressing copyright and fair use laws within the disrupting digital economy and knowledge appropriation by information monopolies.
Coauthors: Alessandro Ludovico and ubermorgen.
Selected pictures of installations at the following shows
MoCA Taipei; DEAF Rotterdam; Laboral, Gjion; Share, Turin; Transmediale, Berlin;
CinemaCity, Novi Sad; HMKV, Dortmund; PlugIn, Basel; Edith-Ruß-Haus Oldenburg.
Second Prize, Transmediale Award, Berlin
First Prize, IBM Award, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart
Honorary Mention, Share Festival, Turin
Commission, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg
Amazon Noir, installation in Dortmunt at HMKV
Amazon Noir, installation in Novi Sad at "Territories and Resources" festival
Amazon Noir, installation in Taipei
Amazon Noir, installation in Gjion at Laboral
Amazon Noir, installation in Rotterdam
Amazon Noir, installation in Turin at Share festival
Amazon Noir, installation in Basel at Plug-In festival
Amazon Noir, installation in Oldenburg at Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst
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