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Superdream Mutation, 1993

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May 28, 2020

Superdream Mutation, 1993,  

Superdream Mutation, 1993




Peter will donate $25 to the Food Bank of New York for each of the first forty prints made!


In 1993, Peter Halley created the digital print Superdream Mutation to benefit Wolfgang Staehle’s pioneering art bulletin board “The Thing,” a proto-Web online forum. Superdream Mutation was offered for sale for $25.


As a gift for people isolating at home, Halley is making Superdream Mutation available again—this time for free. Just download the GIF file above and print it at home. The choice and size of paper and the placement of the image on the page is entirely up to you.


With Superdream Mutation, Halley wanted to make an edition created and distributed solely by digital means—that would only be realized materially when it was downloaded and printed by the purchaser.


Superdream Mutation is a digital version of Halley’s painting Superdream (1993), made utilizing the various textural effects available in early Adobe software. It was designed as a grayscale image so that it could be printed on a black-and-white printer—color printers were not yet available.


At the time, Superdream Mutation was not a big success—only three people purchased the print for $25. This time, Peter has decided that, instead of asking people to pay $25 for the print, he will pay them $25 to print it!


For each of the first 40 photos of finished prints Peter receives, he will donate donate $25 to the Food Bank for New York City, and post your photos on social media. You can send a photo of your print to Peter at

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