Since 1995, the Austrian artist duo UBERMORGEN has been working in the fields of digital fine art, media activism, programming and media hacking.
The Sound of eBay is a website that generates MP3 tracks from eBay user data and presents them in the form of teletext sex ads. Any eBay user names and an e-mail address can be entered on the site. Robots collect all the data from the respective, usually actually existing, accounts: credit card, bank accounts, passwords and non-sensitive user data such as purchased and sold products, prices, comments and ratings.
Out of the data arising from consumption and economics, the sound-creating supercollider machine generates a unique piece of electronic music. As soon as the work is ready to be downloaded, the user receives an e-mail notification. The work, which UBERMORGEN itself describes as an affirmative high-end (media hacking), low-tech (teletext-look) contribution to the atomic soundtrack of a new shock capitalism, concludes a trilogy devoted to the three big players of e-commerce: Google, Amazon and eBay.
On June 15, 2016, 560,544 eBay accounts were registered, along with 1.3 million songs and 6.5 TB of data.
(Text: Bettina Back)
Maria Haas a.k.a. lizvlx (*1973), Linz, Austria
Hans Bernhard (*1971), New Haven, CT, USA, they live and work in Vienna.
The artist duo UBERMORGEN was founded in 1995 by Maria Haas (a.k.a. lizvlx) and Hans Bernhard (a.k.a. etoy.HANS, etoy.BRAINHARD, hans_extrem, e01).