Slash
Artist Attempts To Print Out The Entire Internet

A tribute to the late activist Aaron Schwartz involves creating a physical copy of as much of the world wide web as possible.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on June 6, 2013. @greenidealism

Artist and the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate Kenneth Goldsmith has rented a 500-square-meter space in Mexico City with 6-meter high ceilings in an attempt to Print Out The Internet.

Goldsmith’s Tumblr asks people from around the world to send whatever they can to Mexico City, whether it’s one sheet of paper or an entire truckload. Inspired by the activist Aaron Schwartz – who committed suicide while awaiting trial for downloading articles from the online library JSTOR – the project aims to spread the idea of open access to information on the internet.

Despite the good intentions, there are also those who believe it is a waste of resources – most notably, paper and money. Some feel so strongly that they have started a Change.org petition to try and stop the project.

The project will run from July 26 to August 30, with Goldsmith himself admitting that the chances of printing anywhere close to the entirety of the internet would be an impossible task.

Print Out The Internet

TOPICS: Arts & Culture, Web & Technology
TAGS:
Ross Brooks

Recent Articles By Ross Brooks RSS

Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

more...

Thinking...