Oil Standard, by Michael Mandiberg

Oil Standard screencast from Michael Mandiberg

Artist: Michael Mandiberg

Title: Oil Standard

Year created: 2011

Location: The internet, artist based in New York, USA.

Materials: Internet plug-in, freeware

What is the piece’s impact? It’s an educational piece, which uses an internet web browser plug-in that converts all prices from U.S. Dollars into the equivalent value in barrels of crude oil. This allows people to rethink the cost and price of oil while browsing the web more generally.

How does this project relate to this change as art? This project acts as an intervention in the experience one might have browsing the web. Users are constantly reminded of the cost of oil and sets a new standard of measure of the value of something, be it the cost of a shirt or the size of an economy.

What makes this an artistic project? Michael Mandiberg is a interdisciplinary artist and Oil Standard is a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Notes: To download the plug-in, visit: http://turbulence.org/Works/oilstandard/install.html

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