.tsnuKitnA. on 2 Oct 2000 22:46:21 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] deface!



Dedicated to Piero Cannata.

Deface! is disfigurement in its non-negative meaning,
act of real union between who originally made the work and its viewer.
In the time of digital reproducibility, deface! destroys artist's sacred
role giving the spectator the possibility to actively operate on the work
making it definitely of his own.
But Deface! is something more. Deface! makes the dead and static work of art
something constantly mutable, finally alive. Something that is not there
just to be admired and venerated but is indefinable, receding, ready to be
something else after every new intervention on it by someone. And exactly
with the destruction of the aura of holiness surrounding the work and the
artist and the impossibility to consider a work concluded, finished
(the work is concluded just with its destruction), Deface! makes itself unfit
for the market traffics and for the gowned critics' soilings.
The art of Deface! is a living, open, collective art. It's the collective
destruction of art. Deface it!


1. Download from our archive the image of the work you want to deface.

2. Operate on the work in the way you prefere.

3. Send the altered image to deface@acidlife.com

We will put the new work in place of the old one.

They take part to deface!:
Jean Arp, Francis Bacon, Giacomo Balla, Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Blake,
Hieronymous Bosch, Fernando Botero, Canaletto, Caravaggio, Marc Chagall, Jean
Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, Giorgione, Vincent Van Gogh,
Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Rene Magritte, Edouard Manet, Man Ray, Edvard Munch,
Parmigianino, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mike Rothko, Peter Paul Rubens,
Tintoretto, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, William Turner, Diego Velazquez, Ian


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