Jonathon Keats is a kind of tightrope walker over the chasm of Possibility. This is a man who has copyrighted his own brain on the grounds that its neural networks are a kinetic sculpture he created by thinking. He opened an “anti-bank” in an attempt to counteract the global recession with a mirror economy based on antimatter, issuing paper currency in denominations of 10,000 positrons and higher. Keats has even attempted to introduce legislation in the state of California: the Law of Identity – which, sadly, did not pass – would have stated that “A = A, or: every entity is identical to itself.”
From his porn theater for plants (showing films of bees pollinating flowers) to his attempt to genetically engineer god in a petri dish, Keats turns science and everyday reality inside out, making the Twilight Zone manifest. His experiments provoke thought, laughter, debate, bewilderment, even outrage.
Today we are previewing Keats's latest exhibition, the world's first Quantum Bank, which will be open for business on Tuesday, June 11th. Crucially, Keats writes, "it will be a paragon of ethical business. The banknotes will not derive their value from human uncertainty."