Value Experiment (2022)
100 digital photographs of individual one-yen coins sold for one yen each.
About this work
The artist photographs one hundred different one-yen coins with a digital camera, and sells the images for one yen online. Each photograph contains one of one hundred different coins, so each coin and each photo is unique. Those who buy the images will receive the photo data in an email with a certificate of authenticity in PDF format. This is an experiment in value production in which the act of purchasing the work is an integral part of the work. How does the value of a one yen coin change within the context of its use within an artwork while remaining a one yen coin worth precisely one yen? How can this work bring us closer to understanding or experiencing the elusive phenomenon of “value,” particularly in the context of contemporary art practice within a global market economy?
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Cost: 1 yen.