[NetBehaviour] Selling software art

Richard richard at mediashed.org
Tue Nov 18 20:10:38 CET 2008

I don't know much about selling objects. But there may be some freedom in who is invited to buy or who is invited to enter into an artists economy.

I remember going to a very attractive west end show by the "environmentalist" artist pair Christo and Jeanne-Claude a couple of years ago. It consisted of drawings and paintings and photographs of their plans and visualisations for one of their "wrapping" projects - this time to "wrap" a portion of the Arkansas river. There was a sign that explained that all the money raised from the sale would go into the production of the final piece:
"Christo and Jeanne-Claude do not accept grants or sponsorships of any kind. They do not accept donated labor (volunteer help). They do not accept money for things like posters, postcards, books, films, T-shirt and mugs or any other products at all".
(Their web site provides further illumination: http://christojeanneclaude.net)

Commodification can lead to a form of participation in or dialogue with an artists work and I was tempted to purchase something. But I can't afford a flat with large enough wall space...

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Pall Thayer 
  To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 3:38 PM
  Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Selling software art

  Do keep in mind though that the only reason I got the idea to do this was that I didn't receive the government funding that I expected to receive. And they still haven't told me why the @&%#'s!

  On Nov 18, 2008, at 2:51 PM, Simon Biggs wrote:

    I think that makes you a quantum artist! Is that a first? Or are all artists quantum? Can we have quantum art objects (both commodities and not commodities)?



    On 18/11/08 14:42, "Pall Thayer" <pallthay at gmail.com> wrote:

      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.

    Simon Biggs
    Research Professor
    edinburgh college of art
    s.biggs at eca.ac.uk

    simon at littlepig.org.uk
    AIM/Skype: simonbiggsuk

Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC009201

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