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 re-installed this very first piece of Art using a sponge soaked with phosphorescent (thus radioactive) paint. A light-bulb - triggered by the "scrambled bites server" - activates both: the glow of the paint and the radioactive emission. A Geiger-Mueller counter is measuring the radioactivity and streaming it's sound into the network.
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After art's birthday party the installation was enclosed into a lead closet, from where it will stream it's after-glow for the next 1,000,041 years...
The installation was taken out of the closet again on the occasion of a solo show at the
Galeria Sztuki Wozownia
in Torun, PL from october 7th to 23th, 2005. This time, the emanating radiation was measured by a photomultiplier which was kindly supported by the
Institute of quantum optics and quantum information, IQOQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences.