Pordenone, 1984

The Spectacle of Disappearing Money | 2012

The Spectacle of Disappearing Money, 2012
(Exhibition view in Palais de Tokyo (Paris), The Real Thing? 2013)
Each exercise: 5-10 minutes
Courtesy: Courtesy of the artist

The Spectacle of Disappearing Money is an exercise in which the artist shows an audience how to make a coin disappear. During the exercise, Tonus explains the trick in gestures. The spectacle takes place without sound, so to avoid any elements of suggestion. The trick is filmed with a camera and projected in real time onto the back wall of the room, so that the public might better focus on the hand movements and focus their attention on the coin. The difference between the trick as shown in the video and the same trick shown in reality becomes clear when the viewer examines both of them while the exercise is taking place. Indeed, while the trick appears to be a success on the screen, it is at the same time clearly a failure when seen from the audience’s point of view sitting in front of the artist, as they can see all the mistakes made during the action.

The Spectacle of Disappearing Money is an action conceived as parallel ‘note’ to the work titled Speculative Speeches (Workers of the World - Relax)


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