A new exhibit at the Art 404 gallery, named 5 Million Dollars, 1 Terabyte, is really pushing the boundaries. The artwork is not actually much as far as “art” would typically be, but is instead a simple one terabyte (that’s 1,000,000 gigabytes, in case you were curious and had been living in a hole for a while) hard drive on a pedestal. Doesn’t seem worthy of being art does it? Well… this publicly displayed hard drive has something on it that most publicly displayed hard drives don’t have….
About $5 million worth of illegally obtained stuff.
That’s a lot of money, and the list of software songs and all that has actually been made public. It contains software like Adobe’s Font Collection, a 124GB music collection, loads of games, books, and oh so much more. All the files were downloaded illegally too… just to do it. Perhaps, as Gizmodo points out, it could represent how artistic piracy has become. I don’t really think there is much art in piracy, but then again, I’m not the one writing the code. It’s likely quite excellent, as far as those guys (and gals) are concerned. Still, a hard drive is not “art.”
“5 Million Dollars, 1 Terabyte”, is being displayed at the Art 404 Gallery. If you’d like to know all that is on this hard drive… well.. that’s been made public as well. Just CLICK HERE (Warning: PDF).
Although we would never like to admit it, I’m sure there are at least a few people reading this (of every single one) that has some sort of “illegally obtained” software on their hard drive. It’s most likely music… but it’s still illegal. Best not try and make your own art out of it though okay?
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