Yes, folks, this is a sculpture...

5 Million Dollars 1 Terrabyte (2011) is a sculpture consisting of a 1 TB Black External Hard Drive containing $5,000,000 worth of illegally downloaded files. A full list of the files with clickable download links can be found here. ~ Source: Rhizome / Rhizome Post Author: Jason Huff

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One of my favorite sites is Rhizome. No joke. It is, seriously, a fantastic source to learn more about arts, technology, and emerging art movements and artists. Some of the stories and postings simply cannot be denied such as the post you’re reading now! What do you think of this piece of art?

Artists and writers must be brought back into the bosom of the community, or at least, if the latter is considered to be ill, they must be assigned the task of healing it.

~ Jean-Francois Lyotard, French Philosopher and Literary Theorist

Ethnography brushed up against its paradoxical death in 1971, the day when the Philippine government decided to return the few dozen Tasaday who had just been discovered in the depths of the jungle, where they had lived for eight centuries without any contact with the rest of the species, to their primitive state, out of the reach of colonizers, tourists, and ethnologists. This is the suggestion of the anthropologists themselves, who were seeing the indigenous people disintegrate immediately upon contact, like mummies in the open air.

In order for ethnography to live, its object must die; by dying, the object takes its revenge for being “discovered” and with its death defies the science that wants to grasp it.

~ Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation