ART_VALUE

The project examines the notion of political economy in the realm of art processes, i.e. production, evaluation, circulation and consumption. The economical standards and its influences to the art world and to creation in general is a key theme of the project. Critically appropriating principles of such dual discourse (capitalist influences, neoliberal values, political economy versus art), the artist seeks for a synthesis between those two different and opposite paradigms. The participant of the project activities is invited to rethink the existing connotations of those philosophical assumptions, elevating the moral and aesthetic values of such paradigm on a critical level.

It is a speculative project in the realms of post-conceptual art questioning artwork’s reception through economic principles, i.e. through rethinking the notion of the artwork as commodity. It is also a critique of one of the main characteristics of the contemporary art world – the segregation of the art world and its public escalation of the monetary values.

The transformation from numerical aesthetics into monetary aesthetics appears in change of values. The exposure of monetary value, a face value, happens in a common way – through the numbers. However, it is not just a simple exposure of numbers, in the way they appear - they contain a direct financial value. This turn brings more concrete financial means, reshaping and finalising the numerical aesthetics with a punctuation sign and turning a whole number (integer) into a fractional number.

The project bridges the relations between art and art economy, this notion refers to the established understanding, means and tools of a financial world brought to the world of art. We may want to think from a hybridization perspective when both fields support each other’s aims in a constant loop. With a major focus and regard to the post-digital age, the artist is particularly interested in harnessing the hacking of structural systematic units through disrupting the system by its own means (Accelerationism and Accelerationist Aesthetics), with an aim for humanizing technology in its contiguity with and of its situatedness in the real world. In the following, the examination of infrastructural connotations increases the perceived humanization of technology and brings the awareness of the digital to rethink the surrounding world.

ART_VALUE is an enduring art project since 2016, consisting of performances, exhibitions, installations, interventions, artwork production, critical designs, evocative experiences, network building, interactions, etc. It takes precedence in a variety of hybrid activities, but also elaborates on the post-digital condition involving hybridization of forms and formats, converging the digital and analogue, manifesting in formalist and conceptual.


--

Constitutive parts of Art_Value project:


Art_Value: Auction

The project "Art_Value: Auction" is part of the larger "Art_Value" project and is a series of art auctions where the viewer is encouraged to rethink the notion of the "artwork as commodity". The project consists of creating a real art auction situation (Relational Aesthetics) in which the buyer (bidder, art collector, patron) of the artwork becomes a co-author of the work.

In the performance the content is produced by the audience, the price paid for the finalised artwork is imprinted (as a receipt by a mechanical calculator) on a paper and sold to the owner. From the start here is no artwork produced, so the bidding process happens preemptively. After the completion of the all procedures: bidding, winning, selling, producing an artwork, the Certificate is provided to ensure the authenticity of the artwork.

The performance is held by artist, auctioneer and cash-accountant in collaboration with an engaged auction audience.


--

Art_Value: 14,47

The project “Art_Value: 14,47” is a short experimental film, which is a documentation and reinterpretation of the performance in a film format “Art_Value: Auction” performed at MANIFESTA 11 The European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Cabaret der Künstler – Zunfthaus Voltaire in Zürich, Switzerland, 2016.

Experimental film 4,15 min., B/W, stereo, 2016.



--

Art_Value: Marketplace

Interventional performances "Art_Value: Marketplace" had been happening in various marketplaces of Vilnius district (Lithuania): Halės market, Gariūnai, Kalvarijos street market, Aukštadvaris village flea-market and others, in August 2016. The project inquiries the basic market strategies in relation to art production, circulation and consumption and gives the buyers (participants of the performances) an opportunity to acquire (and create) the artwork through their negotiation skills.


--

Data Economy

Data Economy is a project bridging the digital and physical worlds, incorporating data layer and standing for the post-digital processes in our contemporary world. It is an interactive installation “Data Economy” where participants interact via sensors and make a substantial change on the screen. The turn from the numerical aesthetics to monetary aesthetics through the change in value dimension is emphasized in this work as a contribution to the post-digital domain.

Of course, the technological and scientific world, but also a contemporary human (post-human), have deep obsessions and desperation with numbers and data. Raw data (Big Data) itself has no value. We suppose to create value out of the numbers we get (e.g. Life-logging). This is a deconstruction or recasting of the obsession with the numbers. Digits as a form of data, but from another side, Big Data is often referred to as the “new oil”.

The conception of post-abstraction is taking place through the exposition of numbers in the project. This aesthetic turn is examining the contemporary notion of post-humanity, a post-human who radically and decisively believes in numbers. Questioning the exponentially growing trust in numbers and data, its inclusion in everyday life, abstraction and unification of everything what is around us, also through what is digitalized, coded and quantified: through clock-time, media archeology, algorithmic procedures, digital occurrences, computation, quantified-self movement, ubiquitous computing (Ubicomp), Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data.

The installation is constructed of the interactive set-up of abilities to interpret data to the monetary values. By interacting the participant gets invited to make changes in value, to transform data streams to the financially appreciated ones. The neoliberal values get deconstructed to criticise themselves through its infrastructural basis. And transformation gets in the change of data number into a fractional number, a punctuation takes command. A decimal number refers to any number written in decimal notation, although it is more commonly used to refer to numbers that have a fractional part separated from the integer part with a decimal separator.

Sensors, micro-processors, projectors. B/W, no sound, 2017.


--

Art_Value: 2% Support

The support project gets online with a possibility for art collectors bot just to acquire artworks, but also to create content for these artworks produced. In this project, Lithuanian people (sorry, it is very local yet) by donating their 2% of taxes can support artist and art production. The final artwork gets generated by the sum of the support, how much one supports the project, that is how much will be written on the artwork. The sum of support is a content of the artwork the supporter receives after the process. Online website - www.MenoVerte.lt (Meno Verte means Art Value) - helps to join the project, declare the taxes and support the art.


--

Art_Value: Album of Receipts

The collection of artist's personal shopping receipts and checks from various purchasing occasions. The collection is part of statement of Art_Value project with its notion on supporting artist and creativity with all its life and entirety, from the flight tickets to beer consumption. The album brings Big Data issues (hidden in our daily consumption receipts) on a surface for the viewers to read the daily expenses and get details of the personal life of the artist. The project also questions the notions around the value of such artwork: the price of the album is a whole sum of the receipts included.


--

Comma

The project "Comma" takes shape of a sticker and instructions. Given away as an artwork the leaflet becomes a mean for grassroots activity - hacking of vehicle licence plate numbers - evaluating the automobile. The car plate gets awarded by an extra and foreign sign - a punctuation mark - comma. It does (not) break the system as the police traffic and speed limit enforcement cameras do (not) recognise such signs, however, monetary value of your car gets publicly exposed. Let's look how police will react to such evaluation!

Hacking activity. Request your stickers by email: intro@intro.lt or print/plotter them on your own.


--

List of additional artworks included in Art_Value project:

After On Kawara, series of acrylic paintings, from 2009;
Digital On Kawara, series of digital displays and series of digital prints, from 2016;
"3.141,59", neon light, 2017;
"191802,16", neon light, 2017;
"1784", neon light on stand, 2016;
Digital Values, LED display, 2016, 2017;
Digital Values on glitch, LED display, 2017;
"You can order an artwork here", canvases and text, 2017;
Receipts, framed prints produced by mechanical calculator, from 2016;
Stamped Values, stamped prints, 2016;
Receipts, framed prints produced by cashier machine, from 2017;
Artist's Personal Receipts, framed receipts of personal artist's expenses, from 2016;


--

Exhibitions of Art_Value project:

2017
ISEA 2017, 23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art & 16th International Image Festival, Manizales, Colombia, 2017;
Art_Value: Auction in Kaunas Gallery Weekend, Kaunas, Lithuania;
Media Art Festival ENTER in Siauliai city gallery, hosted personal exhibition VALUATION by Das Vegas, Siauliai, Lithuania;
Launch of COMMA project;
The project in its entirety was also presented in the framework of ArtVilnius Contemporary Art Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania;
Reactor Hall / R1 space, solo exhibition under the title FROZEN FRACTION, Stockholm, Sweden;
Launch of "Art_Value: 2% Support" project at www.MenoVerte.lt (Meno Verte means Art Value);

2016
The project has received a great feedback from the audience attending the ART_VALUE: AUCTION event in the European Contemporary Art Biennial MANIFESTA in Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland;
4S/EASST 2016 conference: Science and Technology by Other Means, Barcelona, Spain;
"Art_Value: Market" project in different marketplaces in Vilnius district: Halės market, Gariūnai, Kalvarijos street market, Aukštadvaris town flea-market and others, Lithuania;
Solo exhibition in the The Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association art space - Sodu 4 in Vilnius, Lithuania;

--

Images:

series of acrylic paintings, 2009.
after On Kawara : series of acrylic paintings, 2009.

series of acrylic paintings, 2016
After On Kawara : series of acrylic paintings, 2016

2016 & 2017
After On Kawara & Digital On Kawara: 2016 & 2017

series of digital images, 2017
Digital On Kawara: series of digital images, 2017

2015.
Data Display: 2015.


Art_Value: Auction, illustration. 


Art_Value @ MANIFESTA 11, Zurich 


Art_Value @ Sodu 4, Vilnius 


Art_Value: Marketplace 


Art_Value: 14,47 


Data Economy, interactive art. 


Art_Value: 2% Support, online project. 


Frozen Fraction @ Reactor Hall 

at Siauliai city gallery, 2017
solo exhibition Valuation: at Siauliai city gallery, 2017


What is written here? ;) 

Contemporary Art Fair, Vilnius, LT
Art_Value: Auction @ ArtVilnius: Contemporary Art Fair, Vilnius, LT


Art_Value: Auction 


Art_Value: Auction 


financial means for Art_Value 

in Kaunas Gallery Weekend, LT
Art_Value: Auction: in Kaunas Gallery Weekend, LT

framed prints.
Art_Value: Receipts: framed prints.

framed prints.
Art_Value: Receipts: framed prints.

Contemporary Art Fair, Vilnius, LT
Art_Value exhibition @ ArtVilnius: Contemporary Art Fair, Vilnius, LT


COMMA project, do you see 3,50?