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Free Yourself?

Free Yourself?

Curated by Furtherfield

Free Yourself?

Each work in this small collection connects with some aspect of freedom and identity in the Internet age: freedom to collaborate and to use, modify and redistribute popular consumer technologies, software and media. These artists are social hackers, taking the new tools and conditions of our digital culture to reflect on and remould our values and relations.

Rob Myers's Urinal is a downloadable 3D model of an artwork to print and remix, released under a free licence (which belongs to the family of licences that underpins the production of Free and Open Source Software around the world). Urinal forms part of a series of shareable DIY ‘readymades’ for an era of digital copying and sharing. Iconic objects from the history of appropriation and remixing art are recreated as 3D digital models. Users can then download and send the digital model to 3D printers via the Internet to receive their own physical artwork through the post, at a scale of their choosing. This is a playful extension of Marcel Duchamp's experiments with concepts of originality, ownership and value in the art world.

Compared with early utopian projections of a networked global world like Good Morning Mr Orwell by Nam June Paik (on New Years Day 1984 people around the world received a live, avant garde TV performance event, straight into their homes via satellite), these days artists often reflect in a darker mirror. Moddr's Web2.0 Suicide offers us a one click means to 'de-friend' and disconnect from our social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Linkedin) and to get our real lives back. This dark-comic website keeps a running count of the millions who have already been de-friended and also provides documents of legal wranglings, that offer an insight into corporate understandings of what it means to be 'social' and what it means to be a 'friend'.

Newstweek by Danja Vasiliev and Julian Oliver proposes to free us from mass-media illusions on the principle that a reality created solely by large media groups makes us vulnerable. This inconspicuous device is able to hook into open wireless networks to intercept and replace the words of content provided by trusted news sources; tweeking the relationship between the message, medium and consumer.

Each of the artists works in the new social spaces of the World Wide Web as a way to bring us, the audience closer, to involve us in the making of the artwork. In July 2010, Karen Blissett a regular contributor to a number of artists' email discussion lists issued an invitation for people to 'join her', saying that she wanted 'to become more open and free, with a more distributed identity'. People were invited, via a number of email lists and social networking sites, to email her and in return, if she trusted you, she would share her googlemail email password with you. You could then 'express her' by writing and acting as her, in online social spaces. This has given rise to a multiple-voiced manifesto and multi-media stream of consciousness and actions, including video portraits of may people as Karen. For Electronic Village Hall she extends her invitation to the people of Cornwall.

Why not join her and Free Yourself?




2011,  3D model, Digital Image, A4 Print out of the Creative Commons licence

Urinal is a computer model of a urinal under a free-as-in-freedom licence.  Anyone can create their own physical instance of the virtual object using a 3D printer, and many people already have.  It can be used as a cup or to decorate model railway restrooms but it is often used as art. This piece references  the history and production of conceptual art and the economic model of the contemporary artworld.

Commissioned by Rob Myers, model by Chris Webber, Creative Commons Attibution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported.


Credits: 3D Model by Chris Webber Copyright 2011 CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported,

Commissioned by Rob Myers.

Web 2.0 Suicide Machine


2009,  Website, Video: 3m 34sec

The Web2.0 Suicide Machine lets you effectively delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your web2.0 alterego. Services currently run with, and; simply enter your username and password for the required service, and our machine will systematically login to your account, change your profile picture, and then one by one delete all of your friends. Once you hand over your log-in details and click

Commit, the program will methodically delete your info - much like users could do manually. What remains is a brittle cyberskeleton: a profile with no data. Testimonials range from joyous farewells - "Goodbye, cruel world!" - to good-riddance denouements ("Thank you, microblogging. You are, in fact, totally useless").



2011, Website

"The very idea of news, as a socio-political ideal of being 'aware', has always been a target of modification: government lobbies, corporate lobbies, and political dispositions. Once lifted off paper into the network domain - once digital - it is truly up for modification. A device like Newstweek could be used for activism in this case, a means for citizens to 'fix back' the facts, to improve and/or correct the news, as it comes off the digital press."

"A strictly media-informed reality is a vulnerable reality."


Quotes by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev on the newstweek website

Being Multiple


2010, 3 videos, 40sec, 24sec, 1m13sec, A1 poster, business cards

Karen Blissett was originally born on the 3rd of May 1991 at exactly the same time that the first successful double head-heart transplant was being carried out in a hospital in London. 

Her parents are the neoist artists, Karen Eliot and Luther Blissett.  They are only interested in art and politics not in how Karen spends her days on the Internet.

Dear Friends.

Please join me.


I want to become more open and free, with a more distributed identity.

So if you would like to take a break from yourself and speak and act
as me instead, please drop me a personal email.

If I trust you I will send you my password and you can start expressing me.

Can't wait!

Karen Blissett

Open, Free, Public and Distributed at last.

"When Karen made her statement about opening up her email address, my first reaction was distress. My next reaction was sheer pleasure that something had shocked me so much. And then curiosity set in as to why."


If emailing Karen, please replace AT with @