French-Tasmanian betting markets in everything

by on January 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm in Film | Permalink

Tasmanian millionaire David Walsh takes that speculation to a new level by buying the life of an artist. He has entered a unique arrangement to film an artist's entire life until he dies. The French artist Christian Boltanski will be filmed 24 hours a day in his Paris studio. The Herald Sun reports that the video will be streamed live to Walsh's $70 million Museum of Old and New Art once it opens in 2011. Boltanski will be paid a fee until he dies so the longer he lives, the better a deal it is for him. Boltanski is currently 65. Boltanski has called the deal a game, to win he must stay alive at least eight years. Walsh is essentially gambling that he won't. Filming began yesterday.

The full story is here and I thank N. Mehra for the pointer.

john January 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

“Cue the sun!”

Millian January 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm

It’s presented as gambling because high-stakes gambles are a way to signal high testosterone. Maybe.

liberalarts January 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm

What a sad thing to sell.

winter olympics January 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I could test for the modality – but it is not qualitatively clear that this is the case. This would be very difficult for the artist 24 * 7 to be shooting.

Ian Austen August 28, 2010 at 6:43 am

It will have a round cut, weigh one carat, and be set in a gold ring setting. Until the diamond†²s creation, the empty ring setting, the corporate contract, the artist’s preamble, and the Beneficiary Contract constitute the artwork.

Honda Accord Parts February 2, 2011 at 6:39 am

Great post Walsh’s $70 million Museum of Old and New Art once it opens in 2011. Boltanski will be paid a fee until he dies so the longer he lives..

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