In Real Time, In Real Life

March 28th 4pm—8pm Eastern Time

ASDF occupied Capricious Space as part of ‘IN REAL LIFE‘ During the 4 hour physical occupation an exhibition of 48 artists concurrently existed online on this page (an exhibition exhibited in an exhibition). Each piece in our show was available for view and download for a duration of exactly 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes, the next piece overwrote what had just been available. Each downloadable file was sized to print so that you can materialize the exhibition yourself. At the end of the 4 hour residency all original files were deleted. The downloaded files will be the only existing digital remnants of our exhibition.

Mylinh was in Capricious Space uploading the files (while broadcasting her desktop live at IRL’s site). She also printed and physically installed the show in the gallery. David chatted with her live from Chicago, while downloading, printing and installing the show in Golden Age.

Click here for the complete IN REAL TIME works list. 

Click here for the cover of the IN REAL TIME catalogue. The catalogue can be made by compiling all of the downloaded pdfs, printing them on 8.5″x11″ pieces of paper, sequencing them in chronological order, and binding them on the left margin as designated on the cover.


Marya Alford, Marijke Appelman, Chris Austin, Michael G. Bauer, bffa3ae, Paul Branca, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Martin John Callanan, Joshua Kit Clayton, Ginny Cook, Ken Ehrlich, eteam, Maja Fink, Lukas Geronimas, Emilie Halpern, Zach Houston, Marie Jager, Avalon Kalin, Adam Katz & Julia Sherman, Alex Klein, Margot Quan Knight, Anouk Kruithof, Leslie Kuo, Laurel Kurtz, Lindsay Ljungkull, Guthrie Lonergan, Emily Mast, Ye Rin Mok, Mira O’Brien, Graham Parker, Tony Papin, John Pena, Lucy Raven, Sumi Ink Club, Jennifer Delos Reyes, David Rothenberg, Kim Schoen, John Sisley, Jim Skuldt, Michael Smoler, Jessica Sowls, Tamara Sussman, Martine Syms, Cody Trepte, Penelope Umbrico, Jessica Williams, Eric Zimmerman.

For a Brief Time Only…


ASDF’s For a Brief Time Only… is a purchasable exhibition of 24 artists available at a photo developer near you. You can find it at any store that allows file uploading via the internet (including most major US drug-stores). The image files will be sent to the closest location near you, and within minutes you will be able to walk in and pick them up as prints.


This exhibition contains 24 small 4×6 photographic prints contained within the packaging provided by each store. Also included are a contact sheet with all the artists’ information, and a letter to the store employee reassuring that there is nothing wrong with the order.


The artists featured in this exhibition are Ken Ehrlich, John Sisley, Martin John Callanan, Miranda Lichtenstein, Lucky Dragons, eteam, Jim Skuldt, Mira O’Brien, Joshua Kit Clayton, Matt Keegan, Emily Mast, Brian Kennon, Lukas Geronimas, Amy Lam, Paul Pieroni, Moyra Davey, Graham Parker, Paul Branca, Penelope Umbrico, Lucy Raven, Bik Van der Pol, Emilie Halpern, Tim Ridlen, and Vlatka Horvat.


No money is being made by ASDF in this exhibition. You will purchase the show directly from the store (unless you can acquire it another way), which will probably cost around $5. So far this show is available throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. If you live elsewhere, and know of a store that meets the necessary requirements, please email ASDF and we will send the show near you.

The show is on view from November 6 to December 4 2008.

For instructions on how to view the show at a location near you, please visit: