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Tackling the Biggest Taboo in Art: $

Man Bartlett is no stranger to readers of Hyperallergic. Known for his 24-hour duration performances, Bartlett has been probing the world of performance art with a technological edge for years. His latest project is simply titled “$” (2011–) and involves a very nondescript Google Doc. In his blog post that announced the project and what it is tackling:

Displaying actual bank account information in this manner is pretty taboo in the art world. Or in the world at large, for that matter. At least as far as I know. So much of what we do is built upon an impression. I want to dissolve that impression and present a more complete picture of myself.

Thinking about his project it feels impossible not to draw parallels with the groundswell of support for economic reform as exemplified by #OccupyWallStreet. If we expect transparency in financial matters from the government than shouldn’t we expect it from our peers?

I caught up with the artist to discuss the ideas in the piece and to probe what is exactly being explored in “$.”

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