„You can’t eat money“ is the translation of the words Norgard Kröger writes on every piece of paper currency she spends. Entered into the search field of the nationally most popular, public video platform, this sentence pulls up a performance video. In the video, the artist and another performer eat 5€ notes. Installed in the working area of vitamincreativspace at an unoccupied desk where someone seems to have just left for a little break, a Yuan note with the sentence in Chinese rests in front of a computer with the video running on the website www.56.com. The installation is part of an ongoing project started in November 2011 whose presentation differs in response to local conditions.
search for 钱不可吞食 on http://www.56.com/
search for „Geld mann man nicht essen“ on youtube
…says the sentence on the Box. The Box is a reconstruction of the most commonly used market boxes at the market in the neighborhood of Vitamin Creative Space. Originally, it contained various kinds of Chinese paper currency, neatly set in the box. The walk started at Vitamin Creative Space and continued through the market. On the edge of the market where it opens into a residential area, the artist sold the money with the handwritten sentence 钱不可吞食 out of the box for the exact amount of its original value. The silence walk participants encountered this action, and the action was absorbed into and continued with the walk. Upon returning to Vitamin Creative Space, the last notes were „sold“/exchanged with visitors of the exhibition. The box is now empty of goods but contains the earned money.
The monetary value of the 1 Yuan coins layed out to spell the phrase „You can’t eat money” in Chinese script is also the average monthly wage of a Chinese worker. Because it is not permitted to leave the coins on Tiananmen Square, the coins will be strewn on the ground in front of a Swarowski store in Beijing.