Artist Agrees to Be Filmed 24/7 for the Rest of His Life

Australian millionaire David Walsh plans to open a new museum in 2011 called The Museum of Old and New Art. One of his ongoing exhibits will be the life of French artist Christian Boltanski, recorded on camera 24 hours a day:

Photographer, sculptor and installation artist Boltanski has said the deal with the Moorilla winery, brewery and restaurant owner gives him an ongoing fee until he dies.

The 65-year-old artist told the French press agency AFP recently: "This man (Walsh) thinks he can beat the odds and he says he never loses. Anyone who never loses or thinks he never loses must be the devil."

His payment increases with each passing year, so to make the venture financially worthwhile, he must live for another eight years.

Link via Marginal Revolution | Museum of Old and New Art | Photo: Saatchi Gallery

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What is it with people who seem to think it's artistic to watch someone for 24 hrs/day? Or people who think we care about the mundane aspects of their mediocre lives? Is it a sort of exhibitionism or neediness?
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