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Kenny Goldsmith Wants You to Print Out the Internet

By Harriet Staff

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This just in from Yahoo! News: for his upcoming installation at LABOR, an art space in Mexico City, conceptual poet, Kenny Goldsmith would like you to print out the internet.

Wha? Come again?

Yes, that’s right. Print out the internet. For those of you who might be scratching your heads, Goldsmith is asking participants to print anywhere from one to infinity number of pages of content from the internet, to display in LABOR’s gallery from July 26th to August 30th. The project is a collaboration between Kenny Goldsmith, UbuWeb, and LABOR, in honor of Aaron Swartz: who opened so much of the web for public consumption.

As quoted in Yahoo! News, Goldsmith explains:

“What you decide to print out is up to you — as long as it exists somewhere online, it’s in,” Goldsmith’s announcement explains. “We just want shitloads of paper. We’re literally looking for folks to print out the entire internet. We have over 500 square meters of space to fill, with ceilings that are over 6 meters high.” This exhibition (if that’s the right word for it) will go on view July 26; when it ends in August, the paper will be recycled.

The project was inspired by, and is dedicated to, Aaron Swartz, the programmer-activist who committed suicide earlier this year, and who had been accused by federal prosecutors of breaking various laws in the course of downloading a giant cache of academic articles from the JSTOR service. Like Swartz, Goldsmith is a believer in information availability.

“The amount of what he liberated was enormous — we can’t begin to understand the magnitude of his action until we begin to materialize and actualize it,” Goldsmith said when reached via email. “This project tries to bring that point home.”

As posted on Printing the Internet’s tumblr page:

The idea is simple: print out as much as of the web as you want — be it one sheet or a truckload — send it to Mexico City, and we’ll display it in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition, which runs from July 26 to August 30, 2013.

The process is entirely open: If it exists online and is printed out, it will be accepted. Every contributor will be listed as a participating artist in the show and will be listed on this Tumblr.

What you decide to print out is up to you — as long as it exists somewhere online, it’s in. We’re not looking for creative interpretations of the project. We don’t want objects. We just want shitloads of paper. We’re literally looking for folks to print out the entire internet. We have over 500 square meters of space to fill, with ceilings that are over 6 meters high.

There are many ways to go about this: you can act alone (print out your own blog, Gmail inbox or spam folder) or you could organize a group of friends to print out a particular corner of the internet, say, all of Wikipedia, the entire New York Times archive, every dossier leaked by Wikileaks for starters. The more the better.

Print out the internet. Post it to Mexico City.

Send your printouts to LABOR in Mexico City by July 15th:

LABOR
Francisco Ramírez #5
Col. Daniel Garza
Del. Miguel Hidalgo 11830
México D.F.

To read more about the project visit: printingtheinternet.tumblr.com.

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, May 31st, 2013 by Harriet Staff.