“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)”
“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.
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.”