Klemens Gasser – December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery

Klemens Gasser “One Dollars”, 2012

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Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery

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Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery

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Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery
At the beginning of the afternoon
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Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery

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Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery

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Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery
The artist, Klemens Gasser

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Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery
The stack after 1 hour

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Klemens Gasser at Engineer's Office Gallery
The stack 3 hours later (thank you Mary Garis)

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Press Release:

“One Dollars”

“One Dollars” is a piece by Klemens Gasser my father. It is a stack of one dollar bills in the middle of a one square foot open space in the wall. There is a sign above the stack of bills that says take one, people are allowed to take a dollar bill at one point the stack is gone and then resupplied. The piece lives, dies, disappears, and leaves a space of emptiness, just like human existence. When you die all there is in your place are stories, memories, and emptiness. When the stack of money is gone all that is left for other people is your story and memory of it being there, until the cycle is restarted. The sign above the bills says take one. One means something very different from a person to the next. The first person could take just one bill in total and the next could take 1 repetitively until they have the whole stack. It is not just one person’s opinion; it is their temptation that controls the amount of bills they take. Money has a control over people that makes them think and act differently than as they usually would. This art brings you to the question “Can art change the world?” Can art make the world better or worse? Art has a privilege to change the world, to make you think, to make you feel. Another thought that should come to mind when seeing this art is about the economic systems, not just of the U.S., but also of the world. You should think about capitalism and communism. Not all people get an equal chance to live. Communism has failed in the past. Could it ever work could everyone ever be equal and unselfish? For example if I asked you “If you could be born again, what century would you be born in?” You might respond “I want to live in this century.” Then you were reborn in this century but not in America, in Africa you might die at three weeks old and never get to live a fulfilling life. Where was your chance to live, where was your equality? This brings me to the statement “ART CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.”

By Eliesabeth Gasser


Luica Love & Lorelei Ramirez – November 30, 2012

November 30, 2012

Lorelei Ramirez and Lucia Love Engineer's Office Gallery

Lorelei Ramirez and Lucia Love
“Cool Girlz Club Presents:  Togetherness Romp”

Lorelei Ramirez and Lucia Love at Engineer's Office Gallery
“Cool Girlz Club is a comedic collaboration between artists Lucia Love and Lorelei Ramirez. The two will discuss serious issues around being vagunts surrounded by a sea of penile substances. (Free Donut)”

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Watch the performance here!


Marte Kiessling – September 18, 2012

September 18, 2012

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“Post It!!” by Marte Kiessling

www.martemarte.de

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Marte Kiessling!

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Courtenay Finn, Steven Probert, Jonathan Rider – April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012

 


The selection

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The Engineer’s Office Library, 2012

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Steven Probert and Courtenay Finn

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The Engineers Office Library
by Courtenay Finn

“It seems that setting up a space for something to happen is at times more of a productive act than the actual gesture of filling a blank with specific content…”

In homage to Chris Cobb’s There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World (2004-2005) and Mario Garica Torres’ artistic practice as exemplified in his publication Date Due (2007), The Engineers Office Library will be established. An official stamp was created, and a collection of books were assembled, stamped, and arranged. The library exists as an entity only for a short moment, its real power lies in the books ability to disseminate themselves and their content, finding their way into the hands of a multitude of readers, who will in turn find themselves back to the Engineer’s Office.

Created in collaboration with Steven Probert and Jonathan Rider.

 

Video to come!


Jonathon Keats – April 12, 2012

April 12, 2012


“Currency Exchange” by Jonathon Keats

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Jonathon Keats and Anthony Miler installing

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The crowd

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Jimmy puts the tools to the test

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Jonathon Keats

Monetary Instability To Generate Alternative Energy At Rockefeller Plaza

A new data processing center in the basement of 20 Rockefeller Plaza will be the world’s first computing hub powered entirely by international currency exchange. Starting on April 12th, all energy will be generated on location by swapping ions between newly-minted US cents and Chinese fen.

“Money is inherently unstable,” says experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats, chief architect of the pioneering enterprise. “Currency traders have learned to play the market for their own financial gain. At Rockefeller Plaza, we’re looking at currency fluctuation as more than a mere abstraction. We’re actually putting money to work.”

The monetary instabilities exploited by Mr. Keats are metallic. Fen are made of aluminum and pennies are clad in copper, a combination of metals susceptible to galvanic corrosion when the coins are submerged together in seawater. As the coins exchange ions, the chemical reaction produces electric current which can be tapped and run through a circuit.

“You can think of it as electro-chemical arbitrage,” says Mr. Keats. “And it works equally well in bull and bear markets. With our current setup, using several dozen cells filled with saltwater from the Pacific Ocean, we’ve generated as much as 18.7 volts.”

That’s enough electricity to power all three computational units of the data processing center, on a total budget of under three dollars. Each unit is capable of performing a range of mathematical operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Output is nearly instantaneous, though results are currently limited to eight digits.

Mr. Keats anticipates a global future for electro-chemical arbitrage. “For instance you might wire up an aluminum Japanese yen with a copper 50 ore from Norway or a steel Indian rupee. Or you could connect a steel 5 piastres from Egypt with an aluminum Thai satang.” According to Mr. Keats – who is already discussing a branch office in Hong Kong – the combinations are almost endless. “By enlisting our differences, we can address the financial and energy crises at once.”

PRESS:
-http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/04/energy-cash

-http://news.discovery.com/tech/ulitmate-currency-exchange-120314.html

-http://bigthink.com/think-tank/financial-instability-as-an-energy-source


-http://news.yahoo.com/making-money-using-coins-generate-electricity-142404652.html

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Video of “Currency Exchange” by Jonathon Keats


Meghann J. Snow – February 23rd, 2012

February 23, 2012


“Teeny Tiny Drawing for a Tiny Space made by Teeny Hands”
by Meghann Snow
meghannsnow.blogspot.com

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Meghann Snow with her installation

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VIDEO COMING SOON!


Jennifer Sullivan – January 27, 2012

January 27, 2012


“A Korner Office for Karl Rossman”
by Jennifer Sullivan
www.jennifersullivan.org

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Jennifer Sullivan explaining her project


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