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

768px-Alegorická_socha_Září.
052922 - Alegorická_socha_Září.
1280px-Casa_museo_Lope_de_Vega,_Madrid,_España,_2017_03
052822 - Casa_museo_Lope_de_Vega,_Madrid,_España,_2017_03
768px_Moderne_Bauformen_JG_7_-_0397
052722 - Moderne_Bauformen_JG_7
1024px-Sale_of_the_cabinet_stud._(BM_1868,0808.5629)
052622 - Sale_of_the_cabinet_stud.
Deline4
052522 - Deline4
1280px_ISS043-E-244067_-_View_of_Earth
052422 - ISS043-E-244067_-_View_of_Earth
801px-SL_1914_D176_triple_gate_of_the_temple_of_the_sun
052322 - SL_1914_D176_triple_gate_of_the_temple_of_the_sun
Pair_ProductionI
052222 - Pair_ProductionI
Béjaia_بجاية
052122 - Béjaia_بجاية
Płk_Król
052022 - Płk_Król
680px-Crossfaith_Rock_am_Ring_2014_(12)
051922 - Crossfaith_Rock_am_Ring_2014
Church_Cross,_Bramley_-_geograph.org.uk_-_895949
051822 - Church_Cross,_Bramley
768px-Emmerich-Hüthum_Wildweg_PM18-08
051722 - Emmerich-Hüthum_Wildweg
1280px_Cerkiew_Opieki_Matki_Bożej_w_skicie
051622 - Cerkiew_Opieki_Matki_Bożej_w_skicie
1280px-Gare_de_chemin_de_fer_d'Oran_P1011241
051522 - Gare_de_chemin_de_fer_d'Oran
1280px-The_Grotto,_Portland,_Oregon_(2014)_-_14
051422 - The_Grotto,_Portland,_Oregon
Emergency_response_demonstration_(3555198404)
051322 - Emergency_response_demonstration
768px-BSicon_INTACC2r_fuchsia.svg
051222 - BSicon_INTACC2r_fuchsia
1280px-Bindmössa_-_Nordiska_museet_-_NM.0000190
051122 - Bindmössa_-_Nordiska_museet
803px-Medieval_,_Mount_(FindID_401696)
051022 - Medieval_,_Mount_(FindID_401696)
LagosStreet
050922 - LagosStreet
1280px_ISS061-E-26163_-_View_of_Earth
050822 - ISS061-E-26163_-_View_of_Earth
Dame_Dolly_Devine_(6861055977)
050722 - Dame_Dolly_Devine
Jeetendra_and_Rakesh_Roshan_in_February_2020
050622 - Jeetendra_and_Rakesh_Roshan_in_February_2020
1280px-Obernzell_-_Marktplatz_2_Portal
050522 - Obernzell_-_Marktplatz_2_Portal
1280px_Vysočany,_větrací_věž_nedaleko_Pragovky
050422 - Vysočany,_větrací_věž_nedaleko_Pragovky
768px_Praha,_Vyšehrad,_plaketa_Popelka_Biliánová
050322 - Praha,_Vyšehrad,_plaketa_Popelka_Biliánová
769px-2019-11-28_OHC_Liberec_2019_MAG_Subdivision_1_All-around_competition_Horizontal_bar_(Martin_Rulsch)_494
050222 - 2019-11-28_OHC_Liberec_2019_MAG_Subdivision_1_All-around_competition_Horizontal_bar
768px_Cyprus-Cat-Limassol-Castle
050122 - Cyprus-Cat-Limassol-Castle
DUR-4FD737_(FindID_418233-309627)
043022 - DUR-4FD737_(FindID_418233-309627)
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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.

 

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