Vote-Auction ARCHIVE [Legal Documents, Press, Emails, Logfiles]
[V]ote-auction Web-Site Nov 7 2000
Voteauction Web-Site Mar
- Jul 2000
CNN - "Burden of Proof" 2000 [27 Min. FEATURE/.mp4]
Voteauction was a Website which offered US citizens to sell their
presidential vote to the highest bidder during the Presidential
Elections 2000, Al Gore
vs. G.W. Bush.
The Website was conceived by the student James
Baumgartner and then
sold to the austrian business-artists Hans Bernhard (founder of
etoy ) and Lizvlx from UBERMORGEN.COM in Austria and (V)ote-auction
Sofia/Bulgaria [a subsidiary of the UBERMORGEN.COM group] for
a undisclosed sum.
Voteauction was UBERMORGEN.COMs feature Media Hacking
performance in the year 2000.
Several US States (Missouri, Wisconsin, Chicago, Arizona, Nevada,
California, Massachusetts, New York) issued temporary restraining
orders or injunctions
for alleged illegal vote trading. This led
to the shutdown of 2 domains
(voteauction.com and vote-auction.com).
Federal Attorney Janet Reno, the FBI and the
NSA were investigating
the case to ensure the integrity of the voting process on
Over 2500 global and national
News features in online media, print,
television and radio have been reported
(including a 27 min. CNN
exclusive "Burden of Proof").
"[V]ote-Auction" is one of most risky and paradoxically
successfull projects by UBERMORGEN.COM: it is "the only platform
in the world that
provide the final consumer an effective role in
the American election industry". A
true interchange system
that finally "brings capitalism and democracy closer
UBERMORGEN.COM exhibited the [V]ote-auction CNN tape,
and [F]original legal Documents in the Aldrich Contemporary Art
Museum 2001, The
Premises Gallery Johannesburg 2002, Museu d`Art
Contemporani de Barcelona 2003, Read_me
2.4 Helsinki 2003, Konsthall
Malmoe 2004, Kunsthaus Graz
2004, Lentos Museum of Modern Art 2005, Ars Electronica 2005 and ARCO Madrid 2006. UBERMORGEN.COM received a Award of Distinction from
Prix Ars Electronica 2005 for Voteauction.
A follow up „legal art“ action called "The Injunction
 was awarded with a "Honorary Mention"
at the Prix Ars Electronica 2003.
The Injunction Generator  is
a artistic software module which claims to generate on
injunctions and personalized documentation in .rtf/.pdf format to
force a site into taking its contents offline.
Carrying on with
their principles of 'radical corporative marketing
strategy' (Media Hacking), the
artists group UBERMORGEN.COM has produced
an effective and credible interface which helps
creating one's own
documented cease-and-desist request, which is also automatically
sent to the DNS administrators, to the site's owner and to some
journalists to trick
them into supporting the 'public trial'.
2004, UBERMORGEN.COM collaborated with
Follested on SELLtheVOTE.COM and exhibted *THE*AGENCY* [for manual Election
Recounts]  in a
solo-exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz, medien.KUNSTLABOR Gallery.
ARCHIVE [Court orders, research material, press, emails]
 Voteauction.net: Protected Political Speech or Treason? [.pdf]
 Governance in Namespaces [.pdf]
 Markets, Morals and Civic Life [.pdf]
Credits: James Baumgartner, Aaron Kaplan, Tilman Singer, Silver Server Gmbh [sil.at], Oskar Obereder, Christoph Johannes Mutter, Bootlab, hell.com, Jorgen Follested, 5uper.net