Filthy Lucre

A conversation with an aquaintance revolved around the issue of artists needing to survive and the messy necessity of money/commodities to survive.

In fact, just the day before, I had been listening to an interview on the CBC on the subject of “art money“, essentially making transactins using artworks as currency.

This grassroots movement takes the concept of bartering to a whole new plane.

It is best explained on the website, so : “Art Money is an original art object by which we aim to create a global alternative currency. BIAM (Bank of International Art Money) is operated as an artist run organisation in cooperation with the inventor of our content manager program “easy site.””

“Shops and businesses world wide may accept Art Money as payment. When registering the shop or businnes can decide on how many % of a purchase they will accept in art money. Art money as a payment works as an supplement to local currency and many shops view it as a form of discount system. Any company may registre in BIAM free of charge. Registered companies agree to houner the rules for dealing in art money.”

This really is an extension of something I had heard about a few years ago in a documentary about an American who would offer artworks which were drawings of money. The FBI and Treasury Department investigated him but could find no fault with his essentially trading obvious works of art for goods. Counterfeiting is passing off fake currency as real currency by means of deception. In fact, he made it clear that these were works of art and no one could be fooled into thinking that they were anything but artworks.

This takes
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Filthy Lucre

A conversation with an aquaintance revolved around the issue of artists needing to survive and the messy necessity of money/commodities to survive.

In fact, just the day before, I had been listening to an interview on the CBC on the subject of “art money“, essentially making transactins using artworks as currency.

This grassroots movement takes the concept of bartering to a whole new plane.

It is best explained on the website, so : “Art Money is an original art object by which we aim to create a global alternative currency. BIAM (Bank of International Art Money) is operated as an artist run organisation in cooperation with the inventor of our content manager program “easy site.””

“Shops and businesses world wide may accept Art Money as payment. When registering the shop or businnes can decide on how many % of a purchase they will accept in art money. Art money as a payment works as an supplement to local currency and many shops view it as a form of discount system. Any company may registre in BIAM free of charge. Registered companies agree to houner the rules for dealing in art money.”

This really is an extension of something I had heard about a few years ago in a documentary about an American who would offer artworks which were drawings of money. The FBI and Treasury Department investigated him but could find no fault with his essentially trading obvious works of art for goods. Counterfeiting is passing off fake currency as real currency by means of deception. In fact, he made it clear that these were works of art and no one could be fooled into thinking that they were anything but artworks.

This takes

An Exquisite Corpse

What is an exquisite corpse? “Game of folded paper that consists in having a sentence or a drawing composed by several persons, each ignorant of the preceding collaboration…[eg]…”the exquisite/corpse/will drink/the new/wine” — excerpt from the 1939 Abridged Dictionary of Surrealism, as copied off the wall at the Art Institute of Chicago.”

What is The Exquisite Corpse? “The Exquisite Corpse game (along with some of the most influential and intriguing art of the century) was developed by the artists and writers associated with Andre Breton’s surrealist group during the third decade of the twentieth century. Those pictured above and others famous and obscure are responsible for the concept and this site is an homage to them.”

Some time ago, a number of people from the H2G2 site and I were participating in a series of projects in which one of us would create a piece of artwork and pass it along to others who would add their own touches to it. It was a lot of fun.

When a friend from YouTube mentioned The Exquisite Corpse to me, I was thrilled. I have signed up and hope that I will soon be receiving a section to work on, myself!

I can’t wait!

An Exquisite Corpse

What is an exquisite corpse? “Game of folded paper that consists in having a sentence or a drawing composed by several persons, each ignorant of the preceding collaboration…[eg]…”the exquisite/corpse/will drink/the new/wine” — excerpt from the 1939 Abridged Dictionary of Surrealism, as copied off the wall at the Art Institute of Chicago.”

What is The Exquisite Corpse? “The Exquisite Corpse game (along with some of the most influential and intriguing art of the century) was developed by the artists and writers associated with Andre Breton’s surrealist group during the third decade of the twentieth century. Those pictured above and others famous and obscure are responsible for the concept and this site is an homage to them.”

Some time ago, a number of people from the H2G2 site and I were participating in a series of projects in which one of us would create a piece of artwork and pass it along to others who would add their own touches to it. It was a lot of fun.

When a friend from YouTube mentioned The Exquisite Corpse to me, I was thrilled. I have signed up and hope that I will soon be receiving a section to work on, myself!

I can’t wait!

Creature Comforts (talking politicians)

Creature Comforts (talking politicians)

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