"What a bizarre day. I'm sitting here watching my email fill up with message after message from people
from so many different times and places of my life, all congratulating me for the astonishing good fortune of receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Not to mention a flurry of texts and tweets, and I haven't had the energy to even look at Facebook." Cartoonist and Graphic Memoirist Alison Bechdel (previously on MetaFilter: 1
) has won
MacArthur Genuis grant, giving her the opportunity to dig into her archives for a previous comic she drew in 2004
to conclude her reaction blog post
. [more inside]
Why People Mistake Good Deals for Rip-Offs. In another experiment, the ventral putamen, a region of the brain that processes reward, was more active when people drank Pepsi than when they drank Coke—except when they were told that they were drinking Pepsi. Coke’s brand appeal is so powerful, and our ability to determine the value of cola so fickle, that our brains respond differently as soon as we learn that what we’re drinking isn’t Coke. The physical experience doesn’t change at all, but we’re unable to peg the value of a brown, caffeinated soda until we know where its life began.
Don't go to art school.
Why it's a bad idea and what you can do with the money instead.
"Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service." - source
"Defaced Money" tagged Tumblr posts
, 11 more impressive examples of creatively defaced currency
, 101 Unusual, Impressive And Illegal Pieces Of Defaced Currency
, and some cool guitar picks
Like James Bond movies? And box office grosses? And visualized data? Then today is your lucky day
Hans-Jurgen Kuhl was able to create "shockingly perfect" copies of the American $100 bill
by using his artistic talents to conquer the various security features present in the bill.
Drawing on money can elevate a humble bill to something a bit more entertaining
Glengarry Glen Ross endures mainly as a spectacular display of verbal warfare and alpha-male gamesmanship. There’s a musical quality to it, with a great composer and a great chorus hitting the complicated runs of broken dialogue and solos that weave into profane poetry and nuggets of philosophical wisdom. Perhaps the greatest sign of the movie’s success, owed equally to Mamet’s script and this cast, is that it does a great sales job in itself, convincing us that there’s nobility to men who lie for a living — a bill of goods we’re all too happy to buy. [more inside]
- Technically, defacing US currency is a crime – but artist James Charles doesn’t seem to be in any legal trouble for his awesome series of Pop Culture Cash. His portraits, created on real money using ink, turn dead presidents into colorfully amusing pop culture icons. Alternate site with larger pics
Make your Franklin
is a site which accepts submissions of recreated 100 USD banknotes
Dan Tague is an artist who takes pictures of dollar bills
after folding them to spell out political messages and social commentary. Additional galleries linked on the left of his page. Some of his work is in NYC this week
as part of the VOLTA Art Fair.
How much money do you make with that webcomic internet thing? Dorthy Gambrell of Cat And Girl Answers.
Beautiful banknote vignettes
which were used in the 19th century by the United States to combat counterfeiters. Brought to you by MeFi's peacay
makes money into art.
"Ten Thousand Cents"
is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task. [more inside]
Stephen Barnwell makes meticulous bills for fictional worlds, such as the Dream Dollars
of a lost Antarctic colony
, complete with symbolism and backstories. He has introduced several new, more politically controversial fictional currencies for less ideal worlds: the United States of Islam
, the State of War
, and the Empire of America
. He is not the only artist who imagines currency, there are the beautiful notes
and the strange work of JSG Boggs [prev]
who hand-draws almost real bills that subvert the lines between money and art
, occasionally running into issues with the Secret Service
on the way. On the borders between reality and fantasy is the new currency developed by foreign exchange specialists Travelex, the Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination
, introduced to solve some of the problems in money in space, and which may actually be used by space tourists
Watch the K Foundation burn a million quid
. Google Video link to the full documentary, skip to 13:30 for the "money shot". [more inside]
Australian art student Nicholas Manion
has hit upon a clever idea: delicately cut paper currency forming the skyline of major cities. Via.
Proof that artistic inspiration can come from any walk of life, Anthony White
has turned his former life as a stockbroker into inspiration for a series of Stock Code
paintings. Also available - paintings depicting different values of British
, and Euro currency
.[via ArtNews Blog]
is origami made from U.S. currency; the subtle genius lies in the way the artist incorporates
the prints on the dollar bills into the facial characteristics
of the finished figures
. More moneygami here
is an alternative, worldwide currency in the form of original works of art.
The Bank of International Art Money is an independent organization directed by artists and free from any form of government financing.
A cool idea, and a fun allegory:
Bird and butterfly collages made with old bank notes (two pages, horizontal scrolling). Click the images to view larger versions and see the notes that were used (scroll down). More here
without the note source info.
They say it's hard to make money from art, but some people find ways to make art
from money. Or at least a few accessories
Euros That Never Were
1945 - 2001 (I think).
You've probably never heard of him
, but as an artist JSG Boggs
has been making "money
" for two decades. Boggs has been the subject of many articles
, a film
, and a book
by Lawrence Welscher. He's bought lots of things with his art
("Hot dogs, watches, airplane tickets, rent, clothing, jewelry–-anything." (And he's done so in England, Germany, France, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, the USA, and Italy.) The largest collection of his works belongs to The Secret Service
. [more inside]
Paper money in many countries is really beautiful and often employs great use of typography and color. The designs are sometimes used to showcase an indigenous resource, to pay homage to a cultural icon or national leader, or occasionally as a political weapon. Anyone looking for currency scans on the web usually ends up at Ron Wise's site
- thousands of quality, free for the download scans from every country in the world (I have not verified this), including a 1991 500 Afghanis note
from Afghanistan, which portrays the national sport of Butskashi (polo played with a goat carcass). Like the proverbial cake that's too pretty to eat, some of this currency seems almost
too beautiful to spend.
There's also some speculation
that as a deterrent to counterfeiting, American currency just might be getting some color.
David Greg Harth is not afraid.
As part of his ongoing art project in which this New York artist stamps US currency with phrases, he's releasing 'I am not afraid' and 'I am not terrorized'. He needs help circulating the bills.