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.
posted by crossoverman
on Oct 22, 2013 -
"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
posted by spock
on Jan 7, 2013 -
Like James Bond movies? And box office grosses? And visualized data? Then today is your lucky day
posted by Egg Shen
on Aug 1, 2012 -
Sure, the follies of art-speak are easy to laugh at, but often criticism of it begins and ends with a dismissive chuckle – which ignores profounder problems. Why should academic terminology be the default vehicle for discussing art? Why is there such an emphasis on newness, schism and radicality? Even when the art itself may be enjoyably throwaway, language pins it to deathlessly auratic registers of exchange. This suggests a subliminal fear that, if the subject in question is not talked up as Big and Culturally Significant, then the point of fussing over it in the first place might be called into question, bringing the whole house of cards tumbling down
- Dan Fox, the associate editor of frieze magazine, discusses the contemporary art scene in detail.
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 12, 2012 -
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]
posted by Trurl
on Sep 29, 2011 -
"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]
posted by sveskemus
on Apr 12, 2008 -
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
posted by blahblahblah
on Oct 16, 2007 -
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.
posted by fandango_matt
on Oct 15, 2006 -
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.
posted by taz
on May 10, 2005 -
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]
posted by dobbs
on Sep 21, 2003 -
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.
posted by iconomy
on Apr 29, 2002 -
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.
posted by prolific
on Nov 4, 2001 -