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COPYRIGHT_ARCHIVE




ongoing photo archive / spatial intervention / projection / performance / ebay auction


Copyright_archive is a documentary archive consisting of eBay auctions.

In order to counteract a possible duplication of photographs offered for sale and to give an approximate idea of the proportions, eBay sellers often add everyday objects to their goods in photographs. As representatives of standardized dimensions, rules, lighters, matches, coins, pens, paper clips, and other conventional and banal everyday objects are superimposed on nude photographs of unknown women. Fingers appear in the pictures, as do sticky notes, remnants of adhesive tape, drawings, or digital scribbles. Apparently made unusable by the disruptive elements, these photo-object arrangements exist within a clearly defined time window and disappear from the user interface after the auction ends.

The resulting copyright_archive has existed since 2017 and includes almost 2500 photographs. The archive functions as the starting point for a large number of works, including eBay performances, taking place on the eBay account of the artist, which is temporarily misused for (performative) auctions, as well as a photo series entitled “eBayAesthetics29.82m”.