Sorry to dump on you like this.zip

A zip file commissioned by Rhizome to inaugurate The Download. The work merges my pornography and love letters all collected between 1999 and 2015. The images were downloaded from sex and social websites. The letters consist of emails and texts messages from and to my fuck buddies, boyfriends, exs and eventual husband.

The zip file was created by sorting the two data sets by date. I renamed the first jpeg with the first sentence from the letters. Then the second was renamed with the second sentence. And so on across 1,860 files. When a personal name appeared it were replaced with the original jpeg file name.

Paul Soulellis, Rhizome Contributing Editor wrote an essay about the work. Read his introduction and download the zip file for free. 

Library of the Printed Web published a zine of me performing the zip file. I open it. Read. Sort. Drag. Preview. Resize. Clean up. And finally trash all 1,860 jpegs causing the computer to crash mid-way. Download the PDF or purchase the book. 


Spreads from the zine were enlarged and editioned into photographic prints. Here exhibited at Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin.


Each jpeg icon in the zip was printed onto a sheet. All 1,860 sheets were inserted into plastic sleeves and collated chronologically across 10 binders. Individual sheets were sold at the NY Art Book Fair, Internet Yami-Ichi, and NADA NY. By selling individual sheets the grand narrative is disrupted and the jpegs find new meaning outside the context of the original zip.



The binders have also been used in several performances. For Re: Art Show in Brooklyn they were placed on music stands and installed across 10 rooms in a decommissioned Pfizer building. A mic and speaker accompanied each book. The audience was asked to browse, read, and listen. By the end of the exhibition most of the binders had intentionally split open — spilling jpegs onto the floor.


As a final act the zip file was saved onto a metal thumb drive and then intentionally rusted. The USB comes with a warning, “connecting it to a computer or other electronics may result in an excessive electric current to pass through the network and may potentially cause damage, overheating, fire and/or explosion.” 


Paul Soulellis and myself have read from the zip file for Conceptual Poetics Day at MISS READ in Berlin, Zine and Self-published Book Fair at the Baxter Street Camera Club of NY, and The Classroom at the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Queens.

Versions of the project have been acquired by MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the International Center of Photography. Sorry to dump on you like this was the center spread in Printed Web 4 — seen here in MoMA's library at the head of the table.


Mark