A Tool To Deceive and Slaughter
This sculpture, a gloss black cube, exists almost entirely as a conceptual piece. It is always moving, always a part of a transaction, and is programmed to perpetually attempt to auction itself on eBay.
"Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself."
Interestingly, you can view the auction of this piece at http://atooltodeceiveandslaughter.com and although it’s supposed to perpetually sell itself, when I just looked, the last auction had ended on June 12. Maybe someone unplugged it from the internet?
$10,000 Sculpture (In Progress)
This sculpture consists of a dollar bill acceptor, as you might find in a soda or snack machine if you’re in the states, comparable to change machines here in Canada, since we’d be using coins for such small transactions. The only information provided to compliment this bill acceptor, plugged neatly into a white gallery wall is the project’s title. The piece asks for money, offering no return, potentially, one day, generating a $10,000 sculpture. Interestingly, the money collected by the sculpture, up until it reaches this point, is always to be considered a part of the art project, never an addition to it’s material value.
Whose Life is it Anyway?
A program replicates individuals’ twitter status updates as the artist’s own, creating a feed that is a false identity/biography. A printer in the gallery space prints the statuses endlessly on a continuous piece of paper while on display.
Thoughts: 1. Identity in a media run world where we are often finding new ideas and replicating them to share through the networks we follow and to our own networks. 2. Art that asks for money, asks viewers to create it through a function entirely dependent on financial transactions and interactions. 3. Art that relies on being a participant in technology, and when, seemingly, that technology must have failed at some point as the art is no longer properly fulfilling its programming.