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Taxing Art: When Objects Travel Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; 1 edition (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9783899553468
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899553468
  • ASIN: 3899553462
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,670,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What if objects could memorise their history? How can you see with your skin? Post Bank Holiday weekend, it s questions like these that make you gently whisper Why? , and abruptly adopt the foetal position. However, a new exhibition opening this week in Berlin will aim to tackle such mysteries, neatly coinciding with Berlin s DMY International Design Festival. Berlin-based conceptual product design practice Beta Tank s exhibition poses (and asks) to many somewhat difficult questions through the clever and highly original objects it creates. Based on research of new technologies and social trends, the objects, according to organisers, inspires debate beyond aesthetics or function. Many of the pieces in the show are featured in Beta Tank s book, Taxing Art: When Objects Travel, which also relates the tale of these objects 12 000 km journey to test tax laws around the world, proving that - to paraphrase HM Revenue and Customs - perhaps tax is, all too often, rather taxing. The objects exploring the effects of art tax include such terrifying creations as the Mind Chair, which apparently changes your perception by placing images in your mind through your back , using a backrest which reacts to video input. Another mind-bending chair on display will be the Gallia. Its flexible pyramid elements mean that the configuration can be changed, in turn changing its legal tax status. If the pyramids forming the chair are configured in such a way as to make it an art object, it can be sold at a lower VAT tariff and enjoy lower or no customs duties. The idea is that in exploring its functionality in this way, the creators are challenging the legal boundaries of what constitutes art , and demonstrating the effect tax laws have on the boundaries between what is art and what is design." --

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gestalten continues to actively reimagine the way in which we approach publishing. With our extensive range of titles, we not only seek to enhance and to enrich our reader's lives, but to continually engage with the surrounding creative landscape.

Our origin story began with a focus on the aesthetic, particularly that of graphic design and, over the last two decades, the scope of both our content and our expertise has widened. Today, using a myriad of observations of culture, people, art, and other intimate inspirational informants, we document and anticipate vital movements in architecture, visual culture, design & fashion, escapism, food & beverages, travel, and contemporary art. In 2014, Little Gestalten joined the literary ranks and ensured that there was a place for readers of all ages within the world of gestalten.

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