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Daily Paywall
2014 - Newsprints and plastic newsrack, dimensions variable.

This artwork appropriated tens of thousands of news items from the websites of the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and The Economist by hacking their paywall systems. The artist redistributed the pay-per-view articles for free and proposed to pay readers and writers of the news articles. Readers could earn one dollar for responding correctly to quizzes about featured articles, and journalists were invited to claim compensation for their writing. Donors could offer any amount to crowdfund the system. This circular economic model aimed to monetize pirated content to inform the public about socio-economic issues. The artist sifted through thousands of news articles and edited fifteen issues, each featuring eight articles. DailyPaywall.com has over 60,000 articles, and 1000 print copies were distributed as a free paper available in custom newsracks and bookshops throughout New York City. Ultimately, the site was shut down when Pearson PLC, the largest education and publishing company in the world, made claims on its copyrighted material, while the artwork was discussed and reviewed by international media outlets. A year after the legal threat, Pearson sold both The Financial Times and The Economist, and DailyPaywall.com was republished. The performance was pre-scripted and staged for engaging participants in a critical exploration of modern economic models as material to make works of art.

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Selected shows and presentations history
How much of this is fiction, exhibition at HeK, 2017, Basel - Switzerland
How much of this is fiction, exhibition at Fact, 2017, Liverpool - UK
As If, exhibition at Framer Framed, 2017, Amsterdam - Netherland
Mozfest, exhibition at Ravensbourne College, 2016, London - UK
SIGHT & SOUND, exhibition at Eastern Bloc, 2016, Montreal - Canada
FutureEverything, lecture at Town Hall, 2015, Manchester - UK


Pictures of the installations of Daily Paywall


Pictures of Daily Paywall newspaper and newsrack in NYC











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