The GOOD 100: Jonathon Keats The GOOD 100: Jonathon Keats
The GOOD 100: Jonathon Keats
Antimatters of the ArtJonathon Keats is an artist-philosopher whose conceptual projects have examined everything from the nature of the divine (he tried to engineer God in a petri dish) to the sexuality of plants (he built a pornography theater for them). While Keats's projects are often both whimsical and beautiful on the outside, at their center are deep questions about the nature of life and the universe. In short, it is conceptual art that actually makes you think about concepts, rather than merely about conceptual art.His latest piece is the First Bank of Antimatter, a financial institution that will issue a new currency backed not by gold or silver, but by antimatter, in the form of positrons created from the radioactive decay of a block of potassium fluoride. "We've confused money, which essentially is a means of transaction, with what is transacted," says Keats. "Therefore, we have come to place value on money on its own right as if it were one of the things transacted." The positrons that back the bank's currency are annihilated when they come into contact with matter, and can only exist in the material world for an instant except under controlled conditions. Since the money could never actually be exchanged for the thing that gives it value, positron notes help to distinguish between our mode of currency and the things we buy with that currency (the blurring of that line led to many of our current financial woes). "It can only really be used for purposes of transaction," he says. "Think of it as something to be hoarded or think of it as something that is valuable in its own right, and-by the laws of nature-antimatter will refute this idea."The First Bank of Antimatter will offer notes in 10,000, 100,000, and 1 million positron denominations, at an initial exchange rate of $10 for 10,000 positrons, starting November 12 at the Modernism Gallery in San Francisco.
Harry Potter Fans Spell Trouble For Trump Reading the series makes us more tolerant of other people—with one notable exception
An Olympics Commercial Just Created The Best Sports Anthem Ever The Olympic ads are here to make you cry tears of pride
Find Inner Peace The Fun Way By Playing “Cards Against Anxiety” Grab a glass of wine, some friends, and get ready to address negative behavioral patterns
The Divorce Myth That Just Won't Die A comprehensive study reveals the prospect of marriage isn’t as grim as you might think
Broadway Legend Audra McDonald Slams Bill O'Reilly For His ‘Well Fed’ Slaves Comment Audra McDonald gave him an in-your-face history lesson.
Fed Up With Everything? Here’s A Handy Guide To Living Off The Grid Living alone in the woods has never been more appealing
Harry Potter Fans Spell Trouble For Trump An Olympics Commercial Just Created The Best Sports Anthem Ever Find Inner Peace The Fun Way By Playing “Cards Against Anxiety” The Divorce Myth That Just Won't Die Broadway Legend Audra McDonald Slams Bill O'Reilly For His ‘Well Fed’ Slaves Comment Fed Up With Everything? Here’s A Handy Guide To Living Off The Grid 103-Year-Old Woman Vows To Live Long Enough To See Hillary Clinton Elected The Ice Bucket Challenge Is Back With Some Seriously Good News This Illusion From 1533 Is Still Blowing People’s Minds Drop Everything And Watch This Rare, Stinky Flower Bloom Live Watch The Mothers Of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland And Jordan Davis Usher In Hillary’s Nomination These 100 Celebrities Just Pledged To Stop Trump At All Costs
The GOOD 100 Meet the remarkable individuals tackling pressing global issues today. The GOOD Guide to Recycling The objects we discard aren’t trash. They’re a resource. The Local Globalists Meet 17 innovators who are changing our future for the better. Project Literacy Building partnerships for a more literate future.