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.



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

Readymade Daily

A collection of digital readymades in honor of Marcel Duchamp's 134th birthday (July 28, 2021)

062122 - Jacques_Bellange,_The_Virgin_and_Child_with_a_Rose,_c._1616-1617
062022 - Cosmographia_(Sebastian_Münster)_768
061922 - Blender_2.60-splash
061822 - Bauhinia_aculeata_Bauhinia_caule_aculeato
061722 - Interieur,_overzicht_vergader-_en_dinerruimte_-_Amsterdam
061622 - ISS064-E-18661_-_View_of_Earth
061522 - Padlock_and_key_MET_DP-13615-073
061422 - Minatogawa-jinja_kusumoto_inari
061322 - The_Heir_of_Redclyffe
061222 - Techies_of_the_India_Linux_Users'_Group_(Goa)
061122 - Lynda_Thalie,_Montreal_2013-06-16
061022 - Stadtfriedhof,_Östliche_Gruftkapellen_Ansbach_20
060922 - N214
060822 - ISS020-E-43094_-_View_of_Earth
060722 - Northwestern_University_Library_Ukrainian_Flag_Colors_April_7_2022
060622 - Липинського_вул._(Львів)
060522 - Hauptachsentransformation
060422 - ISS053-E-254273_-_View_of_Earth
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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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