How does this explore "the circumstances we live in"? I'm not knocking the project, but that is a bold, unsubstantiated claim.
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.)
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.
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.
Not that many. Wikipedia talks about 1,600 artisans.
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.
"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."
It's a shame it's not updated...