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RM014_SMELLS, CELLS, SWEAT, GERMS, TEARS, DOPE, COKE, SPERM, BLOOD, SPIT, SHIT.

A 5 euro bill or 1$ bill (or any other of the most accessible banknotes, as people of all classes will have equal chances to get a hold of it) with a simple inscription on it (see image/title). The title of this 2d piece will be the inscription itself: SMELLS, CELLS, SWEAT, GERMS, TEARS, DOPE, COKE, SPERM, BLOOD, SPIT, SHIT. This 2D object can be reproduced by anyone, on all sorts of low-value paper currency.

Banknotes circulate through many hands, each of them leaves a trace. Paper money carries information of all kinds (skin cells, germs, sperm, shit, spit, piss, drugs,…). Money is a medium (= message). The hand-written text is actually describing what most of the banknotes contain: besides dirt and bacteria, traces of cocaine, faeces, urine, sperm, etc. can be found on money. On the other hand, by being bound to the materiality and physical ephemerality of money, the banknotes are a counterpoint to the virtuality of the current monetary relations and point out the abstractness of the idea of finance and economy.

 
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This entry was posted on May 19, 2013 by in 2D, Item, Reproduce/Similar and tagged , .
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