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Ten Thousand Cents (tenthousandcents.com)
114 points by hansbo on Feb 8, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 30 comments

>> The project explores the circumstances we live in, a new and uncharted combination of digital labor markets, "crowdsourcing," "virtual economies," and digital reproduction.

How does this explore "the circumstances we live in"? I'm not knocking the project, but that is a bold, unsubstantiated claim.

It's boilerplate art installation talk. The more profound sounding the higher the chances of getting someone to exhibit the work.

Yeah, this is pretty standard stuff for artist statements. One of my favorite part about going to art shows is finding the pieces with the most pretentious descriptions.

I could be wrong, but I think the sentence is really meant to convey:

The project explores the circumstances we live in: a new and uncharted combination of digital labor markets, "crowdsourcing," "virtual economies," and digital reproduction.

(a colon instead of the first comma.)

People in India spent an average of 11 minutes to make one cent? I must be reading those statistics incorrectly. I know work is cheap on MTurk but it's not THAT cheap.

This is a 2008 project; Turk's marketplace was a bit different 5 years ago.

One problem with open marketplaces is that there's always someone who will do the work badly and unhappily, no matter how low you price it (usually a new or disgruntled entrant).


Laughed out loud in my cube at the white block by the tip of his nose.

Look at the white block on the far right side about one-third of the way down.

edit: And the white block on the top, far right a little in. <3

And just right of the left hand side black border, about halfway down.

And the white block to the left of the F on the bottom right serial.

And the white block in the top of his hair.

The "About" page shows a few choice selected ones at the bottom. I like the artist who expresses an opinion of the payout rate for the task set before them!

This is awesome. Also reminds me of Ai Wei Wei's Sunflower Seeds [1]. Where millions of chinese laborers hand made and painted millions of porcelain sunflower seeds. Wonderful parallels of thinking that Amazon Turk is the West's version of labor.

1. http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/ai-weiwei-unloads-millions-...

> Where millions of chinese laborers [...]

Not that many. Wikipedia talks about 1,600 artisans.

Sorry about that. Guess I conflated the number of seeds with the workers.

Turk laborers are Eastern.

Reminds me a little bit of tiles.ice.org, the old collaborative drawing site from the ANSI art group iCE, where you were each provided the edges of the neighboring tiles from which to extend your own piece of artwork. The site is down now, but some of the creations that came out of there were phenomenal.

Guys this is old.

It's Aaron Koblin's work.

He speaks about the project on this ted talk


His Johnny Cash project with Rick Rubin and Mr Doob is breathtaking.

There are several lazy guys and cheaters just click in th whiter ones and you will see.

Under the '1' in "L12" is a tree complete with label. Gave me a good laugh.

Virus? Kaspersky flags the site as trying to load http://feedma.com/cgi-bin/v/v.cgi//v in the homepage. watch out. Wepawet seems to think its clean.. shrugs http://wepawet.iseclab.org/view.php?hash=e8b60fe27c3cfcb149d...

Here's the project description, I think it's probably safe.

"Ten Thousand Cents is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using custom drawing tool, thousands individuals working in isolation from one another painted tiny part the bill without knowledge overall task. Workers were paid cent each via amazon's mechanical turk distributed labor tool. Total cost of the bill, creation, and reproductions available for purchase are all $100. The work is presented as video piece with 10,000 parts drawn simultaneously. The project explores the circumstances we live in, new uncharted combination markets, crowdsourcing, virtual economies, and reproduction."

Drive-by exploitations don't stop to read project descriptions before scanning ports or sending carefully selected strings.

Awesome project! Didn't understand it at first when I was hovering until I read the about page. Really really cool art!

I thought it looked familiar. I remember when this came out in 2008.

It's a shame it's not updated...

ditto the mona lisa

The monal Lisa did not require flash. It is forwards compatible.

If you want a super high resolution scan of a hundred dollar bill, you can grab all the original tiles here: http://www.tenthousandcents.com/imagebits/

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Elegant, I like it.

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