Hollow Half Dollar KIOSK@BKM

Hollow Half Dollar KIOSK@BKM

  • $42.00
  • $37.80 for Members

1.2" ø
Silver, Nickel & Air (yes!)
USA

Hollow coin to transfer messages between borders, between lovers, and between betweens. Oh boy. Jan. 11, 2007: The U.S. issues a spy coin warning after discovering tiny transmitters planted in Canadian coins...tiny transmitters found on contractors with classified security clearances. The government said the mysterious coins were found planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada. Don't you love a thrill? What are the Canadians up to? Naughty! Easy to use and plant. To open, place in the metal ring face up, tap on the table hard, 3-4 times. You'll get the trick. Two metal coin-opener rings are included.

 

"We began KIOSK in New York City in 2005. At the time, downtown Manhattan was changing; the interesting, unique places filled with inspiration were quickly disappearing. We felt an urge to fill the void. We decided to create a place where people could look, learn, touch, and talk about what we were showing while also feeling free to wax on about anything in the world.

 

From the start, we made a decision to be self-sustaining and KIOSK operated as a store to fund itself and our process of collecting. Over time our project has been thought of as a shop by some, a museum by others; an art installation as well. Almost everyone on their first visit would say, “What is this place?” It was always just “KIOSK”: our office, studio, an installation, a store, a happening, a workshop, a party, a whatever. We never completely define it: in that sense, the project is constantly changing. The ongoing common denominator is to show. The overriding goal: to share.

 

In the beginning, we created some parameters in order to get things done. We decided to source the objects we found, one location at a time. Our format remains very simple: we research, go to a place, search for very basic, common, independently produced, vernacular objects, meeting and talking to people along the way. We bring the items back; present them in an exhibition format and sell our finds to fund the next expedition. Easy. We believe every object tells a story and everything we show opens a conversation."

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