Oh 4Chan, where do I even begin to count the ways in which you’re absolutely bonkers? A eBay listing of a 4Chan post framed as art caught the attention of the internet, particularly when the final bid was a shocking US $90,000. The internet has become so pervasive that a simple joke on a forum (more a sarlacc pit, really) like 4Chan turns into a literal take on the question of “But is it art?” Hit the jump below to see how this all began.
“Artwork by Anonymous” was listed on eBay with a minimum bid of $500. Just four days and 45 bids later the screenshot’s price had escalated tremendously – the winning bid saw the screenshot “sold” for $90,900. The listing describes the piece as a “One of a Kind work of art”. This is because, as the screenshot text reads:
“Art used to be something to cherish
Now literally anything could be art
This post is art.”
But, you know, the internet typically doesn’t stop there. That post was indeed screenshotted, printed, framed and put up on eBay. If eBay hadn’t taken the posting down when it did, the owner of the art in question would even have landed himself a nice small fortune from his/her wisecracks on the internet.
Later on, Reddit and Funny Junk got wind of the story and tried to figure out its origins. Eventually, it turned out that the original plan was cooked up by two Anons who decided to settle the debate once and for all – can you call something, anything, that you make “art?”
Can something created on the internet, arguably BY the internet (since Anons act like a hive mind) be called art if presented as art? We’ve already seen this argument presented for games and movies and there’s a big movement that says neither media can qualify (although art films are a thing). What do you guys think?