Blake Fall-Conroy, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 2008-2010
I love the concept behind the minimum wage machine. The piece allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 4.97 seconds, for $7.25 an hour, which is NY state minimum wage. If the participant stops turning the hand crank, they stop receiving money. I would imagine this starts out fun and then the mindlessness and repetitiveness of the physical task at hand gets old quickly. (I’m sure nearly two million people in the United States might agree). Great way to raise the minimum wage.