OK, it may not be a Van Gogh, yet, but the Austrian museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art (MAK) has bought a work of art titled “Event Listeners (2015)” from a Dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel, paying in bitcoins.
Event Listeners is a limited edition screensaver that will be displayed at the upcoming “24/7 – The Human Condition” at the MAK Design Lab from June 11 to October 4, 2015 as part of the Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change.
The Vienna Biennale 2015 will take place from 11 June through 4 October, 2015. It is the first event of its kind to combine art, design, and architecture, with the aim of generating creative ideas and artistic projects to help improve the world. Its category-spanning, interdisciplinary approach and combination of artistic ambition and the creative economy open up new perspectives on central topics of our time and thus promote positive change in our society.
The Vienna Biennale 2015 is an initiative of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. It is organized by the MAK in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, and departure, the Creative Unit of the Vienna Business Agency, with support from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as a non-university research partner.
Harm van den Dorpel is a conceptual artist born in Zaandam, the Netherlands. He is regarded as a key figure in “Post-Internet Art” and is represented by the Wilkinson Gallery in London. His work has been exhibited at the “Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art” and the “New Museum of Contemporary Art” in New York.