I have a project of a networked performance that I thought might be of some
interest to some of you. It uses common bureaucratic-technological tools in a
playful and ambiguous way in order to create a rather undefinable artwork. I am
currently looking for a festival / artistic event within which this performance
could appropriately take place.
Find below the description of the project a short biography of me.
My project consists in several steps:
first, to accumulate via different e-mail addresses, e-letters subscriptions,
mailing-lists, digital networks, a consequent amount of junk-mail, more
accurately what is now called "spam-poetry", the accumulation of random words.
(process started one month ago)
second, to recycle this raw material in the form of a text file, then printed on
recycled paper and each page being stamped and autographed by the artist during
the period of the performance (24 hours).
third, to send by fax a copy of each unique artwork to the participants during
the period of the performance, each copy being asked for by previous e-mail
request during the same period of time to a temporary web-site.
fourth, to delete the original word files, and put back the original printed
stamped autographed paper sheets into the recycling networks of everyday life.
performance which is to be announced on the internet, and broadcasted through
the only "real" artworks that remain are the received faxes/duplicatas by the
participants and a list-archive of the names / e-mail addresses for those
willing to do so.
Thus, I intend to use bureautic / bureaucratic hardware to create a temporary
community, to promote a re-cycling re-sampling economics, and to blur the
boundaries between garbage and "meaningful" content (artworks). My role as the
"Artist" is obviously ironic, both because of the repetitive nature of the work
and because of the undeserved emphasis put on the fact that each copy is stamped
and signed before being faxed, while I haven't written any of the words on the
sheets I will sign.
The aim is also to question the "originality" (as unicity) of an artwork, and
also to question the notion of veracity - authenticity of network-circulated
documents in the era of digital reproduction. Is the real artwork the text
stamped and autographed but thrown to the bin, the received fax copy, or the
11 sept. 1972
Fine Art School of Lorient - France, multimedia
video "No Phone Last Night" (5mn)
CD audio: dolmen sniper "dead ringers"
soundtrack for Xavier Ameller's short movie "Czesco's face"
textual works online at: http://www.dolmensniper.motime.com
collaboration with Alan Sondheim ">what about mot-valise?"
collaboration with Truphti: a bi-headed blog at:
various publications: see http://www.geocities.com/dolmensniper for some links
Both my textual blog and my video are in the process of being cloned to the