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ATM Organs Make Taking Out Money A Lot Fancier And Scarier

The thing about life is that art can be anywhere. I KNOW, I know you don’t believe me, you’re already scoffing, but just hear me out. There are times when you might think, Hey, I’m just going about my day-to-day. Nothing to see here, just normal stupid awful no-frills life stuff that we all have to do over and over again until we finally die. Stuff like having to take money out of an ATM and press the same buttons that lots of people have pressed before you, and discreetly put your hand over fingers while you’re typing in your PIN because you’re not sure if you’re still supposed to be afraid of skimmers and also you’re not sure if putting your hand over your PIN is an effective way to get around skimmers if a skimmer were on that ATM, so you’re both embarrassed and paranoid, and also stuff like not asking for a receipt from the ATM because you don’t want to know. Just normal stuff. But artists Allora & Calzadilla, with their instillation titled Algorithm that was displayed at this year’s Venice Biennale, maybe see things a little differently. Maybe they made an ATM organ? Maybe they did that, and maybe here is the description of it from the video:

Each financial transaction that visitors conduct generates a unique musical score that produces randomized notes and chords at varying degrees of volume by driving pressurized air through pipes selected via the ATM keyboard.

It also MIGHT sound very, very scary, and you might definitely think that it would be a very scary thing to experience in real life. WHO KNOWS?

And this is my favorite one:

If only ALL the ATMs could be art instillation organ ATMs that made you feel super weird and awkward, but also made you feel important and beautiful, just like THE WORLD DOES.

Someday. (Via HYST.)