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Amazon Noir - Hacking Monopolism Trilogy
2006. Mixed media, dimensions variable.


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 Tapei, DEAF Rotterdam, Laboral Gjion, Share Turin, Transmediale Berlin,
CinemaCity Novi Sad, HMKV DortmundPlugIn Basel, Edith-Ruß-Haus Oldenburg

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Awards
2008
Second Prize, Transmediale Award, Berlin
2007
First Prize, IBM Award, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart
Honorary Mention, Share Festival, Turin
2006
Stipendium, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg

Amazon Noir, installation in Berlin at Transmediale festival













Amazon Noir, installation in Dortmunt at HMKV







Amazon Noir, installation in Novi Sad at "Territories and Resources" festival







Amazon Noir, installation in Tapei









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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