Tadej Pogačar
Vuk Ćosić
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name: 0100101110101101.ORG
web: HTTP://WWW.0100101110101101.ORG
mail: 01001@0100101110101101.ORG


They have a hard time remembering the name of their domain and their identity is even more obscure. The action that made them famous was the “theft” of the most renowned net.art gallery, Hell.com, which has always been closed to the public and accessible only with a precious password. When Hell opened the web site for 48 hours on the occasion of the ‘Surface’ exhibition, 0100101110101101.ORG downloaded the entire content of the gallery and created a perfect copy, making it available to anyone in its web site. Despite the threats of legal action by the owners of Hell.com, the web site is still there to be seen. After Hell.com other scandals followed, like the pirate version of the famous gallery Art.Teleportacia, the numerous remakes of the works of other net.artists or the false “official” web site of the Holy See. 0100101110101101.ORG work on what they consider contradictions of the modern cultural system and particularly the concept of authenticity and authorship, taking advantage of the manipulation potential offered by the Internet. It should be clear to anyone that it no longer make sense to speak of originals or duplicates in the world of digital art. The struggle for freedom and accessibility of information only underlines this fact in spite of the fact that the art market obviously tries to enhance and maintain the “aura” of a work or art and consequently its high commercial value.

0100101110101101.ORG / life_sharing

life_sharing is an anagram of “file sharing”. life_sharing is a computer sharing its hard-disk with the whole world, making all its contents accessible via Internet. “All” does’t mean a directory of the hard-disk but the whole content of the computer: programs, system (all the software used is open source), desktop, archives, tools, ongoing projects, mailboxes and so on. From the moment life_sharing started, every Internet user has free access twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year to 0100101110101101.ORG’s computer: they can rummage through archives, search for texts or files they’re interested in, check the software, watch the “live” evolution of projects and even read 0100101110101101.ORG’s private mail. Users can access the contents through their browser, thus no particular technical abilities is required, only the basic notions necessary to surf the web. The computer contents are not periodically uploaded - thing that is usually necessary to update a web site - because 0100101110101101.ORG is working directly on the shared computer - the web server - so that users follow the development of the work in real time, they are always present and up-todate. The idea is both simple and full of implications that go beyond the concept of a work of art being an object of contemplation, and raises political, sociological, philosophical and informational issues. life_sharing determines and underlines problems and contradictions that are no loner aesthetic, they are ethical. The first of these problems is evidently privacy. life_sharing represents a radical subversion of the concept of privacy, a clear inversion of the perspective from which it has always been considered and discussed. life_sharing is the “empirical” demonstration that on the Internet is possible to experiment new forms of interaction and networking, on the condition that we are willing to leave evidently obsolete practices behind us.

Commissioned by Gallery 9/Walker Art Center through a grant from the Jerome Foundation