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"The Half-Life of Art" Installation (sketch) by Alien Productions

In 1963 Robert Filliou asserted that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water.

Now it is time to think about the half-life of Art. For this year's anniversary alien productions will re-install this very first piece of Art using a sponge soaked with phosphorescent (thus radioactive) paint. A light-bulb - triggered by the "scrambled bits server" - will activate both: the glow of the paint and the radioactive emission. A Geiger-Mueller counter will measure the radioactivity and stream it's sound into the network.

After art's birthday party the installation will be enclosed into a lead closet, from where it will stream it's after-glow for the next 1,000,041 years...

more info: http://alien.mur.at/half-life/index.html