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Artist Kenneth Goldsmith Attempting to 'Print the Internet' http://www.opposingviews.com/i/celebrities/artist-kenneth-goldsmith-attempting-print-internet By Heather Manes, Fri, May 31, 2013 One artist is attempting to do the impossible: print out the entire internet. Kenneth Goldsmith, an avant-garde technology artist known for his off-the-wall schemes, is asking for internet users everywhere to print out pieces of the internet and send to him, so he can fill a 500 square meter space in Mexico City Â all before July 26th. The feat, though he acknowledges is impossible, is an interesting one, intending to conceptualize the sheer magnitude of information available over the internet, in printed form. The art project, Goldsmith says, is in honor of Aaron Swartz who committed suicide earlier this year. Swartz was one of the founders of Reddit and an advocate of free information. He was accused of illegally downloading much of the JSTOR archive of academic articles, which has spawned a great debate about free information and information availability online. ÂThe amount of what he liberated was enormous -- we can't begin to understand the magnitude of his action until we begin to materialize and actualize it,Â Goldsmith said to Yahoo! via email. ÂThis project tries to bring that point home.Â Goldsmith, who is currently the Museum of Modern ArtÂs first poet laureate, is known for his different and quirky ideas. He is also the founding editor of UbuWeb, where avant-garde creativity is archived, and has penned various works such as Day, which was a reiteration of one New York Times newspaper, Solilquy, and Seven American Deaths and Disasters, which is republished transcripts from media articles or reports on 9/11 and other tragedies. ÂWhile we could theorize printing out the internet in its entirety -- something that a conceptual art piece would do -- the sheer bulk and physicality of the act needs to be materialized to be able to understand the sheer magnitude,Â Goldsmith said. ----------------------- Please don't print the internet http://www.change.org/petitions/please-don-t-print-the-internet Petitioning kenneth goldsmith Please don't print the internet Justin Swanhart Petition by Justin Swanhart Mountain View, CA A sustainable responsible approach to life requires that humans adopt a conservative approach to resource usage. While it is appreciated that Mr Goldsmith plans to recycle the paper used in his art exhibit, reduction of usage is more important than post-usage recycling. Chemicals harmful to the environment are used in the production of paper, and the recycling of paper, not to mention the amount of plastic and ink waste from toner cartridges, ink cartridges and other non-paper related supplies which may pollute the landfill. Reached 250 signatures Supporters Reasons for signing Juan Claudio Betancor GonzÃlez LAS PALMAS, SPAIN 6 days ago Liked 0Printing internet is not creative nor art. It is a waste of time and resources. Please, find something more creative to do.
Shannon Moore AUSTIN, TX 6 days ago Liked 0 This is eco-terrorism not art. Tyler Chinn FOWLERVILLE, MI 7 days ago Liked 0 Trees are important. They shouldn't be wasted for modern art. mal vecino BOGOTÃ, COLOMBIA 8 days ago Liked 0because nature is more important than a exhibit of maximum 24 hours and maybe nobody will care.
Alex Scott HUDDERSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago Liked 0 Stupid idea, and think of the trees! More Reasons # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: firstname.lastname@example.org