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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Digital Artist: Aaron Koblin

Aaron Koblin, the creator of 'The Sheep Market' and Flight Patterns, has created another digital artwork, with Takashi Kawashima, through mechanical turk. It's entitled 'Ten Thousand Cents' (via Metafilter). Quote from the website:

"Ten Thousand Cents" is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task. Workers were paid one cent each via Amazon's Mechanical Turk distributed labor tool. The total labor cost to create the bill, the artwork being created, and the reproductions available for purchase are all $100. The work is presented as a video piece with all 10,000 parts being drawn simultaneously. The project explores the circumstances we live in, a new and uncharted combination of digital labor markets, "crowdsourcing," "virtual economies," and digital reproduction."
You can check out the video of every individual part by hovering over the entire whole here.


The Whited Sepulchre said...

Love it.
In the future, I hope they'll do something with a wider range of colors.
The Sistine Chapel ceiling? Mona Lisa ?

G said...

Yeah, it is cool hey allen. As the tech and artists get better they might be able to pull off the real thing and come up with near replicas.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hmm... my larcenous mind is already churning. May be useful to have a library of bills and a good printer. For emergencies only, mind you.