Monday, January 25, 2010

Art That Sells Itself - A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter

We were talking about this cool piece, A Tool To Deceive and Slaughter, in art 280 on Thursday.  It's by an artist named Caleb Larsen.

On the outside it resembles a Robert Morris box. But on the inside Larsen has created a piece of software that (when hooked up to the Internet as required by contract) makes the piece put itself up for auction on e-bay automatically, until it sells itself.  The work is accompanied by an intricate contract drawn up by the artist and lawyers, to which any purchaser must adhere.  If for any reason a temporary owner ceases to abide by the contract (which you can read at the auction linked above), Caleb Larsen will no longer deem the piece an artwork.  What do you think?  Should we buy it and put it up on campus somewhere until it sells itself again?  I think that'd be real cool.

this is a robert morris box

                                                                                                                      a tool to deceive and slaughter

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