Readymade Daily

Marcel Duchamp (1913)

You have to approach the thing with an indifference, as if you had no aesthetic emotion. – Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp’s invention of the readymade changed the course of twentieth century art. Investigating the question of whether it is possible to make a work that is not a work of art led him to select ordinary, industrially manufactured objects and to present them as works of art. One of the most important moments was the selection of the object. It was to happen with complete indifference, completely avoiding the influence of “taste.”

On the occasion of Duchamp’s birthday (28 July 1887), DIGITALSOULS.COM presents a selection of digital readymades, selected with complete indifference by the random file function offered by Wikimedia. A new “digital readymade” is selected with Wikimedia’s random file function for each day, starting July 28, 2021., for as long as it is amusing. We may apply some selections or modifications to the original item, but a link to the original file is a random selection, perhaps with a Wikimedia bias in terms of available files and image topics, but no taste for sure.

 

Gallery

The choice of readymades is always based on visual indifference and, at the same time, on the total absence of good or bad taste. – Marcel Duchamp

1280px_San_Antonio_Express
092321 - San_Antonio_Express
1280px-Luisiana,LagunaChurchjf8446_14
092221 - Luisiana,LagunaChurchjf8446_14
1280px-For_Tomioka_20140805
092121 - For_Tomioka_20140805
1280px_US_Navy_070830-N-2638R-004
092021 - US_Navy_070830-N-2638R-004
Icons-flag-sa
091921 - Icons-flag-sa
2004222tg
091821 - 2004222tg
1280px-Ranunculus_inundatus_habit1_(17985333071)
091721 - Ranunculus_inundatus_habit1
1280px-Upper_Arlington,_Ohio_(27121007393)
091621 - Upper_Arlington,_Ohio_(27121007393)
1280px_d1_Sanborn_Fire_Insurance_Map_from_Lock_Haven,_Clinton_County,_Pennsylvania._LOC_sanborn07776_001-1.tif
091521 - Sanborn_Fire_Insurance_Map_from_Lock_Haven
1280px-Ramat_Gan._22_April,_2015_(120)
091421 - Ramat_Gan._22_April,_2015
1280px_d1_Recueil_de_planches,_sur_les_sciences,_les_arts_libéraux,_et_les_arts_méchaniques_-_avec_leur_explication_(1762)_(14578235458)
091321 - Recueil_de_planches,_sur_les_sciences,_les_arts_libéraux
1280px_Square_Vie_Grand_Air_-_Saint-Maur-des-Fossés_(FR94)_-_2021-02-23_-_2
091221 - Square_Vie_Grand_Air_-_Saint-Maur-des-Fossés
1280px_Pattern_1796_Heavy_Cavalry_Officer_Sword
091121 - 1796_Heavy_Cavalry_Officer_Sword
1280px_Felton,_Prof._(C._C.)._ALS_to_1843_Sept._1_(NYPL_b15893398-5110813).tiff
091021 - Felton,_Prof._(C._C.)._ALS_to_1843_Sept._1
FIS Cross-Country World Cup 2020/21 in Dresden
090921 - FIS Cross-Country World Cup 2020/21 in Dresden
1280px-Persoon_liggend_in_bed,_RP-T-1958-149(V)
090821 - Persoon_liggend_in_bed,_RP-T-1958
1280px_d_An_epitome_of_practical_surgery_for_field_and_hospital_-_DPLA_-_185b499298b269a95c32309a5b9857dd_(page_344)
090721 - An_epitome_of_practical_surgery_for_field_and_hospital
1280px_d_Eurema_hecabe_-_Common_Grass_Yellow_mud_puddling_at_Peravoor_(7)
090621 - Eurema_hecabe_-_Common_Grass_Yellow_mud_puddling
Rapsodia_triscasilor_2006
090521 - Rapsodia_triscasilor_2006
1280px_India_-_TN_-_11-01_-_The_Farm_-_21_-_green_ponds_(5445440702)
090421 - India_-_TN_-_11-01_-_The_Farm_21
Sedum_caeruleum_kz05_d1_1280
07312021 - Sedum_caeruleum_kz05
WHMadisonChina_1280
07302021 - WHMadisonChina
66120_Angerstein_Wharf_(Tarmac)_to_Churchyard_Sidings_Tarmac_6Z81_(30501421672)_1280
07292021 - 66120_Angerstein_Wharf
Bärensteiner_Mimosa_d1_1280
07282021 - Bärensteiner_Mimosa
The_New_Orleans_Bee_1905_August_0150_d1_1280
080221 - The_New_Orleans_Bee_1905_August_0150
Neue_orthodoxe_Synagoge_(Košice)_Gedenktafel_d1_1280
080121 - Neue_orthodoxe_Synagoge
Օձունի_տաճար_5_d1_1280
080321 - Օձունի_տաճար_5
León-_destrucción_por_bombardeos_de_la_GN_(27525731982)_1280
080421 - León-_destrucción_por_bombardeos
Vendeur_de_noix_de_coco_d1_1280
080521 - Vendeur_de_noix_de_coco
1280px-KTW UFHB1 09
080621 - KTW UFHB1 09

“Digital readymades” have been rapidly accepted as common forms of artworks in recent new media art. Well known examples are  works that present collections of Google Street View imagery and other online scavenger works. For more on digital readymades, please take a look at my new book generation/mutation : from crowdsourced to ai-sourced new media art, where I talk about the role of digital readymades in contemporary new media art.

 

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