Cash in the Swiss Banksy

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Stencils on sale from the street

Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Switzerland

Graffiti is an act of vandalism. Does making the subject of that criminal damage an image of merit question its classification as a crime? Can beauty be used to damage property? Is the vandalism of a white wall greater than the vandalism of the image?

As the worlds of graffiti and fine art collide the dividing lines become blurred. The crime becomes a valuable commodity steeped in credibility for those involved.

In the heart of the banking world c6 launch their mobile art market at the Cabaret Voltaire on saturday the 16th of April. An accompanying workshop shows the methods and technologies behind the stencils and their web sales.

Several Mona's placed strategically throughout the city will be active points of sale via mobile phones. Simply sms the accompanying code to the phone number at that location to purchase a print. Each customer will be issued a unique price based on the amount of sales from that place. It pays to buy early prices start at £6 with editions rising in cost by the same value with each purchase. i.e. Edition 1 will be priced at £6 and edition 10 at £60.

Check out coverage of The Dotmasters in blogs and the press across the world.

Each locations market price can be found on the Dotmasters Location Map (prices will vary). Stencils in a mixture of central and outlying areas invite customers to cross the city in a hunt for market value. Popular areas will rise in price, so beware of the market. Point of sale sites are shown in aqua. On receipt of your code you must complete your payment online to secure that price. Those unable to do so via their phone must do so via an internet connection. Prices will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Prints are numbered A1 two colour silkscreens on 300 gsm, with location and market price at time of sale shown. Orders are limited to one per phone number. Mona is an edition of 500 with several international markets planned in 2007. Prices do not include postage and packing, these will be added during the ordering process.

With the kind support of Bitnik, C6 participate in their ongoing series of events during a summer of workshops entitled 'Hack a day' at the Cabaret Vorltaire. The dotmasters continuing the themes already at work in their latest work Arien für alle.. by creating updated old masters for the people installed on the unwitting facades of galleries around town.

These invasions of art territories highlight how contemnor galleries hunger for the next big thing. Markets escalate as dealers jostle for ephemera these street based works losing their impact and relevance in the white cube of the establishment.

Cities already participating in this stencil campaign, are London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Bristol, Coventry, St Albans Northhampton, Brighton, Cleethorpes, Gloucester, Preston, Sheffield Plymouth and Stavanger, Norway. Other locations will be added along the way with cultural centers galleries and media savvy spaces bearing the brunt.

Edition print hand silk screened