Sunday, May 09, 2010

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Caleb Larsen, A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter, 2009

"[The] sculpture exists in eternal transactional flux. It is a physical sculpture that is perpetually attempting 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 eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself.

If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself."

From the (lengthy; essential) eBay contact/FAQ:

"Q: If I were to buy this, how long could I expect to own it before it sells itself again?

A: [H]ard to say. Like any commodity [the sculpture] is subject to demand. It could be moments or years. The perpetual state of uncertainty and the instability of ownership are primary components of the work."

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