U2: Up For Auction?

They don’t know what you’re doing, babe it must be art…auction? Bono has been picking up paintings from every Tom, Dick

U2-coffeeand Picasso as of late in London, and now you can too. Well, put away your check books my fellow U2 fanatics – don’t worry if you’re running out of change – and whatever you do, don’t you dare wipe away those tears, you’re going to need them…possibly? A Swedish gallery recently held the first ever art auction where bidders didn’t bring their purses or wallets, they brought just their emotions. Wait, what?

That’s right, their emotions. Potential bidders were strapped into a machine that measured a buyer’s heart rate and sweat rate for one minute when showed a piece of art. For those of you who sweat while you sleep, clear your mantle, because this auction is not just for Stockholms in Sweden, it could be in your home as well. Those who demonstrated the most emotion in that moment of surrender, walked home with a new piece of art. If two hearts beat as one, you could be taking home a Michelangelo!
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Art is not just for the ones who kneel or those who have millions of dollars in loose change, nor is it limited to paintings. Music is art as well. I don’t know about you, but I’d pay a bazillion dollars for the original alien baby drawing on the Zooropa cover. I currently have a $3.25 bid on eBay that I hope stands. Musically, U2 has been making all the colors bleed into one for decades, and it’s about desired time that U2 fans start receiving dividends on their investments. Imagine owning the rights to a particular U2 song – royalty checks times infinity! I mean, radio stations still play U2 songs, don’t they? U2 songs generate a lot of money – hence those vacations in France 14 months a year – but they also generate a lot of emotions amongst their fan base, not just apathy while waiting for their latest freaking CD to be released. What if you could own the rights to a U2 song based on how truly connected you were to it, emotionally?

In the interest of science and u2radio.com readership, I explored this new phenomenon and gave the emotion auction a practice run by hooking myself up to my homemade emotion reader. A very complex machine that measured my sweat gland output multiplied by my heart rate for 60 seconds. Anyone thinking Electric Co? Really, it was just me and my headphones. I entered this extremely scientific experiment thoroughly prepared with a box of tissues and throw up pail at the ready. By the end of this emotional roller coaster of an experiment, I ran the gamut of emotions and now have a much better understanding of a typical day in the life of a female. Some songs were like 60 Seconds in Kingdom Come, while others made me feel like throwing my arms around the world and choking it into submission. For example, I felt total exhilaration while listening to The Fly, but flat-lined while listening to Your Blue Room. You name the emotion, I felt it: Desperation, Dislocation, Separation, Condemnation, Revelation, temptation, Isolation, and Desolation. Ironically, I never felt Bad, though. Weird.

U2 has the ability to paint a pretty picture, making their listeners see the world in green and blue, or allowing the listeners to see colors crash and collide in blood shot eyes, depending on the song. That’s the power of any great art. U2 have never been a paint by number group that gets brushed aside. Much like all great artists, they see colors that have never been seen. What emotions await us with the new CD release? Relief, angst, joy and pain? All I know is that my emotional canvas is a clean slate that is anxiously waiting for U2 to get on their boots and Vincent Van Gogh, already. ;)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28124932

http://gawker.com/swedish-gallery-holds-first-art-auction-based-on-emotio-1600558515

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    joepit
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      They don’t know what you’re doing, babe it must be art…auction? Bono has been picking up paintings from every Tom, Dick and Picasso as of lat
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    #10359

    Leeny
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    Not even finished reading and I’ve spit coffee all over the screen and I’ve got steam coming out of both ears. ~:-(
    Can you guess which line did it?

    #10360

    Leeny
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    Did I ever tell you my mom had lunch with Grandma Moses? Bought one of her winter scene paintings for $4. She had a chance to buy a self-portrait for $6, but she didn’t like the lines in the background, so passed that one by. :-o
    Do you know how my parents decided which of the seven of us would inherit the painting? Katy loved it the most, so she got it. :)

    #10361

    Pam
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    What an interesting kind of art auction! That Swedish art gallery is far away from my home and I guess my heart and sweat rate can´t be measured online when I see a Monet, El Greco or Van Gogh. The intensity of emotion could also be measured by making a video of a bidder to see his/her facial expression. Joe, your heart rate must have been very high when you listened to The Fly. Maybe my pulse is like loose electricity when I hear Acrobat and Kite. Your references to art are great. Hopefully U2 will fill a new canvas with a whole rainbow of colours that make us rejoice and sing our hearts out.

    #10362

    joepit
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    How could I have forgotten the “my pulse is like loose electricity” line??????? Thanks Pam. You’re our resident art expert. I thought you may enjoy reading about this type of auction.

    Leeny, not sure, but it may have something to do with an insect?

    #10363

    Pam
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    Joe, when I listen to Breathe I love the line about loose electricity. In reality the lyrics say “My pulse is fine”, but for me it´s fun to change some lines a bit. Thanks for posting this article about the Swedish art auction! For me this a very interesting topic. :)

    It´s also great to see the pic that shows Bono creating some artwork for the piece “Peter And The Wolf”. I once read that his two daughters helped him to draw these large pictures.

    #10364

    joepit
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    Lol, Leeny. After a 2nd read, it has to be the gamut of female emotion line.
    That Grandma Moses painting has to be worth something?

    #10365

    Leeny
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    Right, you sexist pig

    #10366

    Leeny
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    And the Grandma Moses is valuable, but not as much as the self-portrait (as they are rare).
    As far as we are concerned the painting’s greatest value is its ability to warm Katy’s heart.

    #10367

    joepit
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    That painting must bring great joy to your sister. Me, sexist pig? I think you’re oinking up the wrong tree.

    #10368

    Leeny
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    Sow what if I ham bacon up the wrong tree. Or are you just bustin my pork chops?

    #10370

    joepit
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    Would I do that?

    #10399

    alma
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    I’d give a bazillion plus 1 for the alien baby drawing, but I’d sacrifice it for u Joe – if I could have the original Peter-What’s-His-Name photos that were done for the War album. So iconic!
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    Steam out of both ears…enough to kill a fly maybe? Lol. :D
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    “I ran the gamut of emotions and now have a much better understanding of a typical day in the life of a female” Lol. But I wouldn’t want to be w/out emotions. Where would love & art be? Also, too much cold heartlessness in our world already. At least my emotions are centered & make sense!
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    “..2 daughters..” Also, I think Bono’s niece is an artist or art student.

    #10454

    alma
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    I just noticed that when a person gives a thumbs up on a blog, you get a little ‘thank you’ note momentarily. We’ll never know what it says if there’s a thumbs down! We can only hope it’s not unpleasant. Lol. :D

    #10455

    joepit
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    Alma, nothing is said if you give a thumbs down vote to a post, except mine. Then it says, %#%#>€£¥£%#!

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