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

KUDDE_SCHAPEN_COLL.S.J.BOUMA,GR.VOOR_42_-_Westervelde_-_20469164_-_RCE
120721 - KUDDE_SCHAPEN_COLL.S.J.BOUMA,GR.VOOR_42_-_Westervelde
Almendras,_Portugal_(42033097982)
120621 - Almendras,_Portugal
Wharfedale_-_geograph.org.uk_-_28121
120521 - Wharfedale_-_geograph.org.uk
1280px-Portogallo_2007_(1522720490)
120421 - Portogallo_2007
512px-Honors_Day_Convocation_2017_(34168155842)
120321 - Honors_Day_Convocation_2017
Spotkanie_z_wiceprezydentem_USA_Michaelem_Pence'em_(48665000547)
120221 - Spotkanie_z_wiceprezydentem_USA_Michaelem_Pence'em
1280px-Castillo_de_Santa_Àgueda_Acceso_al_camino_que_sube_al_Castillo_20180702_181744_Richtone(HDR)
120121 - Castillo_de_Santa_Àgueda_Acceso_al_camino_que_sube_al_Castillo
1280px-Návesní_rybník_v_Obědovicích_02
113021 - Návesní_rybník_v_Obědovicích
The_Spotlight_(1922)_(1922)_(14758888726)_768px
112921 - The_Spotlight_(1922)
Khuman_Dynasty_Sword_640
112821 - Khuman_Dynasty_Sword
Federal_Register_1941-03-11-_Vol_6_Iss_48_(IA_sim_federal-register-find_1941-03-11_6_48)pdf_768
112721 - Federal_Register_1941-03-11-_Vol_6_Iss_48
PANOrama_Orebića_152944_799
112621 - PANOrama_Orebića
The_cities_of_Romagna_and_the_Marches_(1913)_(14581187399)_1280px
112521 - The_cities_of_Romagna_and_the_Marches_(1913)
Flowers_for_sale_on_the_footpath_on_Au_Co,_Hanoi,_Vietnam_(7060 YU-APC_Airbus_A319_Air_Serbia 642315)_1280px
112421 - Flowers_for_sale_on_the_footpath_on_Au_Co,_Hanoi,_Vietnam
1280px-YU-APC_Airbus_A319_Air_Serbia_(13923074995)
112321 - YU-APC_Airbus_A319_Air_Serbia
Ceramica_sigillata_africana_e_ceramica_figulian_locale,_dalla_villa_della_tagliata_a_cosa_1024px
112221 - Ceramica_sigillata_africana_e_ceramica_figulian_locale
ISS020-E-16261_-_View_of_Earth_1280px
112121 - ISS020-E-16261_-_View_of_Earth
SONY DSC
112021 - Fish_12775491
1280px-Constantinople_walls
111921 - Constantinople_walls
Daniel-François-Esprit_Auber_-_Manon_Lescaut_-_roles
111821 - Daniel-François-Esprit_Auber_-_Manon_Lescaut_-_roles
ISS059-E-105382_-_View_of_Earth_1280px
111721 - ISS059-E-105382_-_View_of_Earth
Jean_Baptiste_Greuze_-_La_Polonaise
111621 - Jean_Baptiste_Greuze_-_La_Polonaise
576px_RiocardoUnaFarsa_12
111521 - RiocardoUnaFarsa
576px-La_Chatonnière_-_Azay-le-Rideau_Garden_08
111421 - La_Chatonnière_-_Azay-le-Rideau_Garden
1280px_Bastida_-_Hirigune_historikoa_-_Udaletxea_-28
111321 - Bastida_-_Hirigune_historikoa_-_Udaletxea
1280px_Voie_FK20_-_Paris_XX_(FR75)_-_2021-05-28_-_1
111221 - Voie_FK20_-_Paris_XX_(FR75)
1280px_CBP_Valor_Memorial_Ceremony_(26899643522)
111121 - CBP_Valor_Memorial_Ceremony
1280px-Beach_handball_at_the_2018_Summer_Youth_Olympics_–_Girls_Main_Round_–_CRO-PAR_216
111021 - Beach_handball_at_the_2018_Summer_Youth_Olympics_–_Girls_Main_Round
1280px_Weißenkirchen_23v2
110921 - Weißenkirchen_23v2
768_Salem_Academy_and_College_Catalogs_(1905-1915)_-_DPLA_-_e739dee2f70cc721c0d81c97460e9be4_(page_145)
110821 - Salem_Academy_and_College_Catalogs_(1905-1915)

“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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