Per Capita

Daily Paywall

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Eastern Bloc

  • Vernissage: 28 September 2016, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Opening hours: 29 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 20:00
  • Paolo Cirio [IT]

In "Daily Paywall," tens of thousands of articles were appropriated from the websites of Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The Economist by hacking their paywall systems. The artist redistributed the pay-per-view articles for free and offered to pay readers and writers of the news articles.


Readers could earn one dollar for responding correctly to quizzes about featured articles, and journalists were invited to claim compensation for their writing. Donors could offer any amount to crowdfund the system. This circular economic model aims to monetize pirated content with the aim of informing the public about socio-economic issues.

The artist sifted through thousands of news articles, editing fifteen issues, each featuring eight articles. DailyPaywall.com has over 60,000 articles and 1000 print copies were distributed as a free paper available in custom newsracks and bookshops throughout New York City. Ultimately, the site was shut down when the largest education and publishing company in the world made claims on its copyrighted material, while the artwork was discussed and reviewed by international media outlets.

The intervention was pre-scripted and staged for engaging participants in a critical exploration of modern economic models and the distribution of information as material to make works of art.

Free

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Eastern Bloc

  • Vernissage: 28 September 2016, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Opening hours: 29 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 20:00