Art competition is launched with help of practical joke

Business Day Live | Sue Blaine:


Using an elaborate practical joke South African fine arts auctioneers and consultants Strauss & Co aided the official launch of the 2015 Barclays L’Atelier art competition on Tuesday morning.


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Strauss & Co MD Stephan Welz caused consternation among art students when he unveiled a machine he said could read brain pulses and heart rate to create artworks that would mean anyone could become an artist.

Mr Welz said 58 of these artworks had been created on the machine, called Anni, and one had been sold for €70,000, along with a certificate indicating it was the first one to have been sold…


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