In Brief

A "poet of ideas" creates a company that captures the current between two metal currencies that mirror those being traded digitally.

Artist and “poet of ideas” Jonathon Keats, whose earlier work includes the Photosynthetic Restaurant which was a response to the growth of “food porn,” has now built a “data processing center” powered by exchanges of world currencies that are being traded digitally. His Electrochemical Currency Exchange Company is rather simple, taking advantage of the electrical current naturally generated by the various metals coating physical coinage as they exchange ions in a chemical solution. His “data processing machines” are no more complex than aged pocket calculators, but Keats’ describes his work as hoping to explore the value of currency in the  digital world:

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