Digital Project, Ten Thousand Cents, 2007–08
This is a Digital Project. It was designed by Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima and with contribution from Mechanical Turk. It is dated 2007–08 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is processing, adobe flash cs3, php/mysql, amazon mechanical turk, adobe photoshop, adobe after effects. It is a part of the Digital department.
To create Ten Thousand Cents, designers Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima divided a scan of a $100 bill into 10,000 equal parts. The pieces were posted to Amazon Mechanical Turk, a distributed labor tool; workers were paid $.01 to duplicate each piece. (The total labor cost was 10,000 cents.) Use the trackpad to interact with the piece, uncovering each worker’s reproduction—whether detailed, sloppy, or editorial. The project comments on crowdsourcing and individual expression within a collective work.
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Gift of Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima.
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Digital Project, Ten Thousand Cents, 2007–08; Designed by Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima; USA; processing, adobe flash cs3, php/mysql, amazon mechanical turk, adobe photoshop, adobe after effects; Gift of Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima; 2014-41-2
Ten Thousand Cents is a digital rendering of a $100 bill created from individually crowdsourced drawings.
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making | Breaking: New Arrivals.