A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter

January 26th, 2010

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter by Caleb Larsen is a physical sculpture that is perptually attempting to auction itself on eBay. Here is the auction, the current bid is $4,250.

Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself.

If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself.

7 Responses to “A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter”

  1. dihs Says:

    “12. Any failure to follow these terms without prior consent of Artist will forfeit the status of the Artwork as a legitimate work of art. The item will no longer be considered a genuine work by the Artist and any value associated with it will be reduced to its value as a material object and not a work of art.”

    I find this stipulation beyond amusing.

  2. joe Says:

    dihs: then you don’t understand any modern artwork created since 1930.

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  4. john kotrla Says:

    joe wrote “then you don’t understand any modern artwork created since 1930.”

    does anyone?

  5. Frank Says:

    Hey Joe, that’s quite an unfair assumption. Just because dihs, and myself for that matter, find that stipulation amusing does not either of us our out of the loop here. I heard about this work and thought to myself that it was a poignant commentary on our current ideals of consumerism. This device ridicules the idea of ownership and the marketability of fine art. For me, that is pretty funny. How about you?

  6. connard Says:

    I think It sucks, It shows that the Artist thinks there is a commercial value to art andd that the Artist wants to know ho much his work is valued at all times.

    TL;DR, the Artist is whoring itself.

  7. Scarp Godenot Says:

    Ha ha ha. Well

    dihs can spot bullshit when he/she sees it, as can ALL of us who have been at the art game for decent period of time.

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