[Web-Site Nov 7 2000]
[Web-Site Mar - Jul 2000]
Vote-auction [court orders, various research materials]
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 in Austria and (V)ote-auction
Inc. in Sofia/Bulgaria [a subsidiary of the ubermorgen group] for
a undisclosed sum. Voteauction was ubermorgens 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 november
Over 1800 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: 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 together“.
ubermorgen exhibited the [V]ote-auction CNN tape, Voteauction-Seals
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.
A follow up „legal art“ action called "The Injunction
Generator"  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 request legal
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 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'. Fall
2004, ubermorgen collaborated with Jorgen Follested on SELLtheVOTE.COM