Micropayment Artwork Takes 43 Years To Complete
Since 2009, artist Christin Lahr has creatively employed the writings of Karl Marx to raise awareness over fiscal irresponsibility in Germany.
Berlin’s 2011 Transmediale award nominees included Christin Lahr, for her historically conscious piece referencing German philosopher/economist Karl Marx. Since May 25, 2009, the artist has transferred one cent to the German Federal Ministry of Finance. In the ‘reason for payment’ box, the author transcribes 108 characters of Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume 1. The book, in its entirety, will be transferred in 43 years.
The work is considered a gift to the German people, appointed to the budget of Federal Republic of German, securely archived and distributed by a group of elected representatives. Every transfer is documented by screenshot, signed, and transferred to one German citizen.