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Ten Thousand Cents

"Ten Thousand Cents" is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task. Workers were paid one cent each via Amazon's Mechanical Turk distributed labor tool. The total labor cost to create the bill, the artwork being created, and the reproductions available for purchase are all $100. The work is presented as a video piece with all 10,000 parts being drawn simultaneously.

You are able to see each of the 10,000 parts animated, which is really neat, along with some selected closeups here on vimeo. I found it amazing how different cultures respond to the task.
On average, a United States user spent 02:48 per segment, while China spent 23:52 per segment. Is that a reflection of our value of one cent or of our work ethic?

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