[NetBehaviour] Selling software art

Pall Thayer pallthay at gmail.com
Tue Nov 18 15:42:19 CET 2008

I don't really get the question. Are they "art objects" as opposed to  
what? Oh... wait a second. Is this because I joined your Facebook  
group, "999 members to agree no more object based art"? Well... you  
know how it is. When you've been putting all this effort in for all  
these years, sometimes it would be nice to get something back.

I think I could say that the work itself is not "object based art" but  
what I'm selling is an object and it is art.

Just don't ask me to explain what I mean. Sometimes you just have to  
be on both sides of the fence at the same time.

best r.

On Nov 18, 2008, at 1:33 PM, patrick simons wrote:

> Are these art objects?!
> patrick
> On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 2:24 PM, Pall Thayer <pallthay at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
> I've got some work for sale. Here's the long and short of it.
> I'm going to be exhibiting a piece of mine called Exist.pl (some of
> you may remember it as it was developed via discussions here on the
> list as well as other lists) at the MakeArt festival in France in a
> couple of weeks. The work will also be exhibited as part of the Piksel
> festival in Bergen, Norway. Here in Iceland we have what's called The
> Center for Icelandic Art. Their job is to provide financial assistance
> to artists taking their work abroad. They're the only source for
> travel grants for short trips like this one. I applied, I got rejected
> (with no explanation of why), I have this nagging feeling that they
> don't "get" this type of art. So what I would like to do now, is to
> sell copies of this work to get some funds towards the trip (I had
> already bought flight tickets before I got rejected). The work
> consists of a piece of software running on a computer. It doesn't
> produce any output but it's doing a lot of background work. So to
> provide the viewer with some information on what's going on, four A2
> sized posters, displaying the source code at various stages of the
> softwares development, will be displayed.
> The software itself is free under the GPL license and lives at
> http://code.google.com/p/existpl
> But I have for sale a limited edition of twenty sets of these posters.
> I'll only sell them in sets. There are four posters in the set. These
> are signed and numbered, high quality color prints suitable for
> framing. Ideally, they would be displayed in a row on a wall with a
> computer nearby to run the software when the owner chooses (but this
> entirely up to the purchaser of the work). You can see a small version
> of what they look like at the following URLs:
> http://pallit.lhi.is/~palli/code1.pdf
> http://pallit.lhi.is/~palli/code2.pdf
> http://pallit.lhi.is/~palli/code3.pdf
> http://pallit.lhi.is/~palli/code4.pdf
> The price is $50 per set. If I manage to sell all twenty sets, this
> will provide enough to cover printing and mailing costs, with the
> remainder being approximately what I applied for from The Center for
> Icelandic Art.
> On top of being colorful and thought provoking, they create an
> interesting visual pattern when lined up together.
> Please contact me offlist if you're interested.
> Pall Thayer
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