Weird Faces Vending MachineIssue: XXI.4 July + August 2014
The Weird Faces Vending Machine is an installation that generates an infinite number of weird faces that look like my hand-drawn faces. It thereby questions the dominating ways in which value is generated from art in the gallery context. Instead of placing an artificially limited number of prints in the gallery space for the sole purpose of generating value and fake exclusivity, a vending machine is installed that sells a potentially infinite number of unique computer-generated prints. The name from the credit card is used by the machine to talk to the buyer and walk him/her through the purchasing process. In addition, the name is used to write a personalized dedication message on the back of the print in my own handwriting. A unique art print and a personal dedication from the artist for only three dollars? Sounds like a good deal!
Matthias Dörfelt, UCLA, firstname.lastname@example.org