stock by Ryder Ripps

‘This work is a collection of original stock certificates from defunct dot com companies mostly from the late 90’s “Nasdaq 5000” era. Displayed behind mirrored light boxes, the work is an attempt in materializing the internet; attracted to the idea that these formally traditional documents represent physical ephemera left behind, transposing a website into a commodity. Most of these companies were built on speculation and investment capital, without product or consumer baring outside the market of venture capitalists and investors. During the late 90’s there was an enormous amount of excitement about new technology and how it will change the world. I see the internet economy of the late 90’s and the art economy of today to be similar as they both are hinged on the market’s evaluation of an idea, not an object, product or service. The power of an idea, and the people/person behind it, is what’s valuable. The comparison and play between the internet and art is at the heart of this work. ‘

In this work Ryder Ripps is also materializing the internet. I like his comparison of the ambiguity of the stock market to the art market. The ambiguity in these economic systems are all similar. The economics of the 90s stock market, with the YBA art market, to now where the general wellbeing index is forming. Attempts are made to create profitable systems for exchange using technology. People invest in none physical things in the hope of financial profit because we trust technology to stabilize risk. I want to play on these notions in the emotional stock market, applying all these ideas to current intrest into emotional wellbeing as a indicator for gross national product.

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