I have made a new piece. It’s called The Funding Machine. Despite being fully conceptual, the artwork has a very practical aim. All that the machine does is transforming applications into grants or, more banally, text and images into money. Although the machine is smart enough to understand what can be transformed into money and what can’t, it is not perfect yet. It consumes quite a lot of body energy and produces waste: paintings, sculptures, installations, books, catalogues, etc. Luckily, some people seem happy to feed the machine with their energy, and to my surprise, many people appreciate its waste: they even pay a sum to admire it, take pictures of it, or bring it home. I’m starting to think that I shouldn’t attempt any improvement, the Funding Machine is fine as it is.
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