Garrett Lynch on Wed, 6 Dec 2006 19:31:26 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> "Quote me!" by Garrett Lynch

Announcing the release of "Quote me!" by Garrett Lynch:

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Every good artist has at least one quote, aphorism or soundbite 
attributed to them, yet the new media artist barely has time to keep up 
with the rapid change of technology let alone spend time thinking of 
witty aphorisms.

"Quote me!" is a work, triggered by users to its web page, that reuses 
quotes and the date they were expressed from various online sources for 
the busy new media artist who hasn't time. Quotes are relevant comments 
to current political and social events, both nationally and 
internationally, taken from the current headlines of a handful of 
global newspapers via their respective rss / xml feeds, yet placed 
without context or explanation.

Information and the database have become the ultimate pervasive 
commodity. New things are no longer said and done instead they are 
recombined, recompiled or remixed from the archives we are continuously 
compiling both as individuals and as a race.

"Quote me!" is in a sense an agent for the artist. Reusing the media's 
carefully edited information as source for quotes the agent is able to 
automatically recycle information for the artists use. Allocated 
parameters it is given free reign to search and retrieve others quotes 
from the internet, republishing and archiving them on its web page. 
Quotes are attributed to the artist ensuring that (s)he has a voice in 
a space where things need to be continually said. The importance or 
profoundness of what is said becomes unimportant, replaced instead by 
the regularity and continuous act of saying.

A web 2.0 tool or service as work of art, "Quote me!" both continues 
themes of (reusing, recycling, transforming) and simultaneously 
highlights the redundancy of it as a tool when the content is 
unoriginal and without context. It draws attention to the highly 
important exploration involved in these types of recombinatory 
works, not possible outside of the internet, yet questions the same use 
of techniques employed in their creation for the critical discourse 
that surrounds them in our collaborative, tagging, reblogging and ever 
more copied, unoriginal content of web 2.0.


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