MONEY MAKER / JUN 2021
Schillerplatz, Vienna AT
OBSOLET invites you to the interactive print performance ‚MONEY MAKER‘.
We produce the bills, you cash in!
💲 Original money printed by OBSOLET!
💲 A little incursion through the who's who of Austrian corruption history!
💲 Use your prime time and get hold of limited bills from OBSOLET!
💲 In the well-known MONEY MAKER tv-show’s manner, you have 30 seconds to make money in the money shower!
💲 A pure moment of shower-happiness! Don't forget the final position - there is a lot to be gained here!
The Money Maker performance plays with the desire for money. The desire to enrich oneselves is connected to a socio-political level. Hence, although the bills are the promised profit, they exemplify the continuity of political corruption in Austrian politics. Corruption means bribery and corruptibility. According to Transparency International, corruption is an abuse of power for personal gain. It doesn't always have to be about money, it can also be about status and positions.
'Political corruption' in the narrower sense describes the use of a public office for one's own private benefit or for the benefit of third parties, while at the same time causing harm to the general public. Personal enrichment, striving for power and assigning posts to friends, misuses the act of giving as a constituent element of friendship. Furthermore, it undermines community-related and binding decisions in social coexistence, which is often about the fair distribution of resources. So the harm to the general public is not only monetary, but also moral and symbolic.
Money Maker approaches this contentious political and social issue in an ironic way. The own desire to rake in money is addressed. Like a lottery in which it is supposedly possible for everyone to find personal happiness. Because what is luck other than to be bathed in money! But only the who-is-who of political corruption falls on our heads. It is not about individuals but showing the structural continuity of corruption in recent Austrian political history.
We therefore ask ourselves: Do we want to live in a society in which self-interest and personal enrichment take precedence over the public interest and fair distribution is a mob's battlefield? And we answer: YES! Money is our best friend! We produce the most precious goods, the most beautiful flowers, our local money production does not have to hide in the back room, we show our mimeographs and bring apparently obsolete printing techniques and bills to the people. We are now taking the problem into our own hands. An act of charity in which we compensate for the financial damage that has been done to us! You can print your own bills by lending a hand!
OTOMATIC / JUN 2020
Shillerplatz, Vienna AT
Otomatic was a four-day drawing – self-publishing workshop. By-passers could draw in a short time and spontaneous manner whatever came to their mind, the drawings were then printed with an analog stencil duplicator.
The Otomatic drawing workshop references the Surrealists, but focuses on spontaneity, playfulness, and the freedom it confers. We aimed to exploit the idea of reaching out to the subconscious and trying to repress control and rationality while drawing. In the first two days of the workshop people had the possibility to draw spontaneously, then the drawings were duplicated with two gestetner duplicators (300 and 330 models) on site. In this way we created a pool of drawings that people could chose from to edit their own individual sketchbook. Through the sketchbook, the individual, creative act of drawing was embedded in a collective artwork. Furthermore, people could be part of the whole production process, make their own editorial choices and create their own sketchbook which was made possible by a collective creative expression. The workshop took place at Schillerplatz in front of the Academy of fine arts Vienna. A total of 156 drawings on 2.730 double-sided A5 pages were printed.
ORIGINAL COPIES / NOV 2020
single page insert (double sided)
Edition of 50
21 x 29,7 cm
Original Copies addresses the fetishism and sacralization of the original in art and the resulting relation to copies. The idea of one original is the basis of the art market which creates its value through rarity. In an economic system where individualism and property are central, the construct of the genius Artist and limited production are entangled to define the economical value of an artwork. Art institutions often exchange the original with a copy, deluding the public while reiterating the fetish of the original. Photographs are destroyed after exhibition to preserve the unicity of the first print. Original copies is an ironic work that has the copy as a starting point. It shows a Xerox 914 advertisement from 1961. The 914 was the first photocopier, replacing analog duplicators. It revolutionized the copying industry, our reading behavior, and our relation to authorship. From the start Xerox developed its advertisement campaigns around the perfection of the copies, arguing that no differences could be found between the original document and its copies. It is an homage to the artist and designer Bruno Munari. In the 70's Munari produced a series called Original Xerographies. The work consisted in moving objects or images placed on the copier, while still in motion, resulting in 'impossible-to-replicate' image. What was then printed was not a copy of the original but an original itself. During his first show in a gallery in New York, he came with a copier and produced more of his Original Xerographies at the entrance of the gallery and offered them to by-passers. The gallery owner was pissed. The Original Copies are printed on an analog stencil duplicator, where imperfection is part of the printing process. Therefore original and copy merge into one, because what is an original if not an imperfect copy.