Can a digital file be an artpiece, sold and collected within a virtual marketplace?
According to Daata Editions the answer is yes, and therefore last year it created an online platform featuring downloadable editions of artworks. For the season two, launching today May 5th together with NADA and Frieze Art Fair in New York, Daata will present new digital editions by leading international artists including Tracey Emin, Jacolby Satterwhite, Michael Manning, Katie Torn and Rashaad Newsome among others. The works on display features various content such as video, sound, text and poetry, and are available in limited edition from $100. For her Daata Editions commission Tracey Emin has produced a new series of highly personal poetry works for the new Poetry section of the website, which explore how sound can express essential emotions. Season Two commissions will also be exhibited at Daata Editions‘ interactive NADA booth. The project was developed to enable audiences to view contemporary artists who are working in digital mediums, showing artworks made for, and therefore best viewable on laptops, iPads, iPhones, screens and even cinemas, meeting the taste and habits of the Post-Internet generation.
“The digital file is very real, as real as anything else that sits on your computer hard drive or desk top. The contracts, the speeches, the to do lists, the accounts, the music, the family photos, the flight tickets and so on. You get the point – the downloaded file may seem very innocuous – but it is so intrinsically part of our real everyday life and therefore we must treat art no differently” says David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions.
More commissioned Season Two works will be announced in the coming months, and released in sets to coincide with major art world events throughout 2016.