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Readymade Daily

Studio of Marcel Duchamp
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_det_Historic_American_Buildings_Survey
092521 - Historic_American_Buildings_Survey
1280px-Urne_cinéraire_Femme_au_Miroir_08_Détail_Cuve
092621 - Urne_cinéraire_Femme_au_Miroir_08_Détail
1280px-Roodee_Mere,_Royden_Park_(11)
092721 - Roodee_Mere,_Royden_Park
1280px-Canon_lourd_de_12_Gribeauval_Le_Sarasin
092821 - Canon_lourd_de_12_Gribeauval_Le_Sarasin
1280px-Gammal_entrétavla_Hedemora_gammelgård
092921 - Gammal_entrétavla_Hedemora_gammelgård
1280px-ISS055-E-56653_-_View_of_Earth
093021 - ISS055-E-56653_-_View_of_Earth
1280px_Fvf9177Bunsuran24PandiBulacanj
100121 - Fvf9177Bunsuran24PandiBulacanj
Gate_and_fields,_Selston_-_geograph.org.uk_-_87258
100221 - Gate_and_fields,_Selston
1280px_Bóbr_w_Nowogrodzie_Bobrzańskim_-_panoramio
100321 - Bóbr_w_Nowogrodzie_Bobrzańskim
1280px-Fox_River_Grove,_IL_(8673610482)
100421 - Fox_River_Grove,_IL
799px-Carl_Larsson_illustration_Vår_tid_01
100521 - Carl_Larsson_illustration_Vår_tid
1280px_104-10172-10200_(November_9,_2017_Release).pdf
100621 - 104-10172-10200_(November_9,_2017
1280px_Obscure_Infinity_2016230180853_2016-08-17_Summer_Breeze_-_Sven_-_1D_X_-_0268_-_DV3P8031_mod
100721 - Obscure_Infinity_2016230180853
1280px_เขาใหญ่_-_panoramio_(6)
100821 - เขาใหญ่_-_panoramio
799px-Noc_Niagara_szeroka_Panorama
100921 - Noc_Niagara_szeroka_Panorama
1280px-thumbnail
101021 - The Minister of State for Defence
1280px-Franjeweverij_het_opbrengen_van_garen_op_de_spoelen,_Bestanddeelnr_256-1521
101121 - Franjeweverij_het_opbrengen_van_garen_op_de_spoelen
1280px_2016-05-14_16-49-44_ILCE-6300_DSC05750_(31672150557)
101221 - 2016-05-14_16-49-44
1280px-Hanenvechters_met_hanen_in_kooien_Hanen_klopbaan_(titel_op_object),_RP-F-2001-17-244
101321 - Hanenvechters_met_hanen_in_kooien_Hanen_klopbaan
1280px-PangasinanOpenWebDay9
101421 - PangasinanOpenWebDay9
1280px-Nijlen_Kerkstraat_zonder_nummer_-_389009_-_onroerenderfgoed
101521 - Nijlen_Kerkstraat_zonder_nummer
Greenfinch_(38620143184)_med
101621 - Greenfinch_(38620143184)_med
720h_Rachel_Sizelove
101721 - Rachel_Sizelove
720h_Sveriges_nationaldag_7518_(2560844261)
101821 - Sveriges_nationaldag_7518
720h_The_Social_Security_(Claims_and_Information)_(Housing_Benefit_and_Council_Tax_Benefit)_Regulations_2002_(UKSI_2002-1132).pdf
101921 - The_Social_Security_(Claims_and_Information)
1280px_Vestibule_of_St._John's_Church_in_Hot_Springs,_Arkansas,_1913
102021 - Vestibule_of_St._John's_Church_in_Hot_Springs,_Arkansas,_1913
768h_The_Lotus_(1912)_-_DPLA_-_f019226a5254d141a4ee1a158f08cf4e_(page_152)
102121 - The_Lotus_(1912)_-_DPLA
1280px-Palazzo_grassi
102221 - Palazzo_grassi
1280px-Павловск_Река_Славянка_2019
102321 - Павловск_Река_Славянка_2019
1280px_SoFA_District_in_DTSJ_1
102421 - SoFA_District_in_DTSJ_1
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“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.

 

1 thought on “Readymade Daily

  1. Interesting post and project! Thanks for sharing

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