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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 misappropriation 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; Museum CCA, Hangzhou; CinemaCity, Novi Sad; HMKV, Dortmund; PlugIn, 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
Commission, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg

Selected shows and presentations
2015
Meme City, exhibition at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou - China
2008
Kournikova Deleted By Memeright Trusted System, exhibition at HMKV, Dortmund - Germany
Transmediale, exhibition and lecture at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin - Germany
Revolutions - Forms That Turn, online exhibition at Biennale of Sydney - Australia
Territories and Resources, exhibition at CinemaCity, Novi Sad - Serbia
2007
LABcyberspaces, exhibition at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon - Spain
Zone V2, exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei - Taiwan
Amazon Noir Memos
, lecture at Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg - Germany
My Own Private Reality, exhibition at Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg - Germany
Free Radicals, exhibition at Israeli Center for digital Art, Holon - Israel
Plugin Festival, exhibition, Basel - Switzerland
STRP Festival, exhibition, Eindhoven - Netherlands
EMAF Festival, exhibition, Maribor - Slovenia
DEAF Festival, exhibition, Rotterdam - Netherlands
2006
Share Festival, exhibition at Accademia Albertina, Turin - Italy
Peam Festival, exhibition and lecture, Pescara - Italy

Selected bibliography
2008
Mirko Tobias Schäfer, "Bastard Culture" book, Utrecht, ISBN 9789039349731
Inke Arns, "Deleted By Memeright Trusted System" catalogue, Dortmund, ISBN 9783941100268
I. M. Lalic, "CinemaCity Festival -Territory & Resources" catalogue, Novi Sad, ISBN 9788686877109
C. Christov-Bakargiev, "Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions" catalogue, Sydney, ISBN 9780500976845
Steve Kovats, T. Munz, "Conspire - Tansmediale Festival" catalogue, Berlin, ISBN 9783865884619
M. Godfrey, "TATE, etc." magazine, UK, ISSUE 14-08
Luca Barbeni, "Share Festival" catalogue, Turin
2007
Richard Colson, "The Fundamentals of Digital Art" book, Lusanna, ISBN 2940373582
Jussi Parikka, "Contagion and Repetition" Ephemera magazine, Articles, Turku, Volume 7(2):287-308
Shiba, Oguchi, Yano, "InnerCommunication" magazine, Tokyo, ISSUE 59
Alex Adriaansens, "Zone V2" catalogue, Taipei, ISBN 9789868321120
V2 Unstable Media, "DEAF" catalogue, Rotterdam, ISBN 9789056625771
Alex Adriaansens , "Lab_Cyberspaces" catalogue, Gijon, ISBN 9788461158805
Michael Dieter, "Piracy, Distribution, Control", magazine, M/C Journal, Oct. 2007, Vol. 10, Issue 5

Amazon Noir for Hacking Monopolism Trilogy at Museum China Academy of Art, Hangzhou - China


Transmediale, exhibition and lecture at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin - Germany


Zone V2, exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei - Taiwan


Share Festival, exhibition at Accademia Albertina, Turin - Italy


Kournikova Deleted By Memeright Trusted System, exhibition at HMKV, Dortmund - Germany



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