Never mind that Murakami
boutique at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA. You only have nine more
days to buy a REPL1CA [W4TCH] from the Untitled
Project Store, which goes dark on November 18. Regularly priced at $850,
it can be yours for only $765! It’s a beautiful painted three-dimensional object
which, as the artist says, "is designed to occupy the physical and economic
space of a REAL replica luxury watch!"
Naturally, the store is being promoted by replica spam. Today’s is particularly
apropos, I think, given what’s going on in the commodity markets:
But, to avoid anticipating,
we will content ourselves here
with one more example relating to the commodity-form
itself. If commodities could speak, they would say this: our
may interest men, but it does not belong to us as objects. Our own
intercourse as commodities
proves it. We relate to each other merely as
Karl Marx, Capital, Volume 1, Section 4
All of this is a project of Conrad
Bakker, an artist who loves to play with the detritus of our today’s electronic
existance: spam, eBay postcards, and the like. Often, the price of his work
is the most important part of the work itself; the spam, of course, is free.
Sign up for it yourself by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.