Double your money
by Daniel Silvo
The Spanish title for this work ‘Como Doblar Tu Dinero’ can be translated as ‘How to fold your money’. But ‘to fold’ also means ‘going bankrupt’ in financial terms. A better translation would be ‘How to double your money’, for these works aim to add some extra beauty and personal craftiness to money, making it worth more, even if only more personal and emotive.
Daniel Silvo likes using common every day objects to create art. Or in this case lets you create art. The value of the art you make is immediate and guaranteed; you can still use it as money. And you should; folding your money is a way to add a layer of attention and connection; pay with it and change the nature of the transaction.
This work is not so much a digital artwork as it is a digital set of instructions on how to create the art yourself. In a way this is a very primitive form of 3D printing; you transfer the instructions to another place, grab some basic material and apply the instructions / the code and voila; art; it even looks a bit like a 3D shaded shape.
I like the fact the models are all birds; signifying the fleetingness of the value of money, and the aspiration of art to make your mind fly.
What's in the download?
The download contains 4 instruction-sheets to fold a model from a Euro bill; The sheets are formatted for different screen resolutions so you can select the one best fitted for viewing on your desktop or mobile screen, or print it on A4 paper.
Daniel Silvo works in a wide range of media, from video and photography to installation, drawing and sculpture. More important than the medium is the critical investigation into what is or can be communicated: interferences in verbal and visual communication is a recurring theme in his work, as is the political load of objects (design originating from the Cold War to the ‘communist’ Lada – still the only car brand available to Cubans). He approaches these abstract philosophical and controversial political subjects with a great sense of humour.