May 18th, 2006

QJ.NET – How to Pirate a Vinyl Record

November 8th, 2005

This is a follow-up to an addendum (labelled a “follow-up”) in a previous post on botlegging artist Eric Doeringer..

It seems that this weekend Mike Weiss sicced New York’s Finest onto him, and the art-blogosphere has been in a (justifiable) tizzy since. Doeringer has the story himself.

Tip o’ the hat that all gentlemen should be wearing in public but aren’t anymore becuase our societal dress codes have slipped into the toilet to Sean Bonner.

May 19th, 2005

Eric Doeringer makes bootlegs.

11.07.05 Tom Moody reports that Doeringer has been fingered by a “legitimate” art dealer. Also, Interference Patterns seems to have references to Mr. Doeringer in an entry on fan art, and another on Matthew Barney.

February 4th, 2005

The New York Times:
The Art of the Fan


Fan Web sites, from to Absolutely Zooey Deschanel (, share certain traits: gushy tributes, copyright-infringing use of paparazzi shots, a whiff of stalker enthusiasm. A new site,, is unusual for the subject it obsesses over – the Conceptual Art star Matthew Barney – but otherwise it hews to the norm. It borrows pictures of Mr. Barney with his wife, the pop singer Bjork. It summarizes each of his five “Cremaster” films. It even posts tribute poetry:

Pearl filled baths
The pigeons flap
His cremaster relaxes

But Cremaster Fanatic is a fake. Or to put it more kindly, it’s a parallel work of art. “I’m pretending to be a fan,” said its creator, the New York artist Eric Doeringer, who wrote that haiku himself (as “David Kramer,” one of many pseudonyms deployed on the site). read more…

March 14th, 2004

cremaster 3

Welcome to = Ultra-rare DVDs
The Cremaster Cycle 3 – USA 2002 Color – $24.99 DVD-R (2 Disc Set)
The Cremaster Cycle 4 & 5 – USA 1994/1997 Color – $14.99 DVD-R
The Cremaster Cycle 1 & 2 – USA 1995/1999 Color – $14.99 DVD-R

Impossible to find, decent quality, mastered from 3rd generation VHS tape of the original museum laserdiscs.

from an review:

The Cremaster Cycle is that rarest of oddities, a series of films that have managed to become wildly popular despite having content that would leave the average filmgoer walking out scratching his head and saying “what on earth did I just sit through?” For that matter, most film snobs will wonder the same thing. Cremaster is like the Ezra Pound’s Cantos of modern film; you’ll enjoy it on the surface, but there’s much more to be found if you happen to be up on such topics as Biblical history, the Masonic initiation rites, the Paralympics, and other such cultural obscurities. But don’t let such a thing stop you. I know there’s a lot of you out there who just have a thing for men in kilts. You get that, too.

another, less complimentary “review”:

Matthew Barney is a jack-ass
I saw the Cremaster Cycle, number three in particular, and i thought it was absolutly a waste of time. The order, by and far, has to be the most non sensical part of the entire sequence. The only people who enjoyed it didnt really, and are just saying so to make others feel like they are less. I understand Barney was trying to convey a deeper meaning, but he didnt, what he did do is manage to waste large amounts of money Dont buy this, Matthew Barney is nothing more than a no good psudo-artist, dont let him get his hands on any more of your money.

I saw #3 at the Guggenheim in June of 2003. I was vastly disappointed that I didn’t like it; I felt old. Once upon a time, in my wild, heady, anything avant-garde-is-f*****g-cool days, I would have loved this. Now, I think “how much one can accomplish when given five million dollars.”

Nevertheless, some bootleg DVD purchases might be in order. I just love pirate copies of high art.

I wonder where I can get me some DeKooning….

UPDATE 03.28.05 — no longer seems to have the Barney discs available; not that I can find, at any rate. Here’s a bit of a dish on DVD-R Bootleggers from the V.Voice.

And Eric Doeringer’s Cremaster 2 is not so much a bootleg as an art project in itself.

September 18th, 2003

NPR : Fashion Industry Copes with Designer Knockoffs

Some clothing designers are watching this week’s fashion shows in New York with an eye to knocking off their competitors’ designs. Like the music industry, the fashion business is rife with unauthorized copying. But it’s relatively free of infringement lawsuits like the ones the major record labels recently filed.

As NPR’s Rick Karr reports: ‘If you find yourself attracted to, say, a handbag in an upscale Soho boutique but it costs too much, head a few blocks south to Canal Street. You’ll probably find the design that caught your eye on a table on the sidewalk selling for a lot less: A knockoff of a $600 Prada bag, for example, goes for around 100 bucks.”

My favorite quote, not appearring in the printed version, has the commenter calling Canal Street “the Kazaa of the Fashion Industry.”

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