Shane Mecklenburger
Since 2008
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

Shane Mecklenburger is an intermedia artist collaborating with systems of value, simulation and conflict. He received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is Assistant Professor at the University of Massachussetts Amherst Department of Art.
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USA for sale on eBay: 5 hrs left!

Tue Aug 10, 2010 00:00 - Tue Aug 10, 2010

The USA is up for sale on eBay until 11:24 PDT.
The latest instance in _____ As Money, a series of online auctions by Shane Mecklenburger.
Current bid: USD 16.50 Item Condition: For parts or not working
[item description excerpt] "This relatively new item is in fair condition. Please be advised that this item is rather large and bulky..." [/ item description excerpt]


Education for Sale on eBay

Mon Jun 01, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jun 01, 2009

Artist Shane Mecklenburger is auctioning Education on eBay as part of an ongoing series of eBay auctions-as-art. Education will only be on the auction block for a few more hours, auction ends at 2:45 Pacific Time. The current price for Education, in its entirety, is $115.

The auction winner receives an archival quality certificate of ownership, matted, framed and signed, as well as complete archival electronic documentation of the auction as it unfolded.

The project resides at:

For further details visit:


Culture for Sale on eBay

Tue Mar 31, 2009 00:00 - Sat Mar 21, 2009

Artist Shane Mecklenburger is auctioning Culture on eBay. _Culture_As_Money_ is the 4th in an ongoing series of eBay auctions. The Future sold in February for $23.50, and in July Love sold for $76. In October 2008 Wealth did not go to sale, as the winning bidder backed out.

An excerpt from the item description reads:
"... the seller has decided to exchange this item for market value. Of untold interest, value, and utility, it's defining feature is now, sadly, its exchange value. Perhaps at some later date the full value of this item will be more widely recognized and the seller might consider re-acquiring it. In this time thrifty pragmatism must prevail, and now this item must go."

The auction winner will receive a signed archival quality certificate of ownership. The document will certify possession of Culture, in its entirety. Bidding begins March 21 and ends March 31.

The project resides at:

for further details see:


Wealth Auctioned on eBay

Wed Oct 01, 2008 00:00 - Thu Oct 02, 2008

New media artist Shane Mecklenburger is auctioning Wealth on eBay. A signed archival certificate of ownership will be delivered to the auction winner. The document will certify singular possession of all forms of wealth, in their entirety. Bidding begins on October 1, and ends October 10.

Wealth As Money is the third in a series of Bay auctions conducted by the artist this year. He sold The Future for $23.50 last February, a work entitled Time As Money. In July, he sold Love for $76.

An excerpt from the item description for Wealth reads:

" The worldwide distribution of this item has been a matter of much concern. In spite of attempts to 'spread' it, the item has only become more concentrated in fewer hands. The seller is interested in bringing this trend to its natural conclusion by concentrating this item into the hands of one person.

" Please note that the material and immaterial nature of this item are often disputed. The form taken by this item is highly subjective, depending mainly on the disposition, values, and aspirations of its owner. Although this item is usually perceived as beneficial, the buyer should beware: in some hands this item has been known to create more problems than it solves. In fact, it has been argued that many who possess this item are less happy than without it.

. . .

" Finally, the buyer should beware that possession of this item rarely, if ever, continues beyond one's demise."

Shane Mecklenburger is currently a graduate student in the Film, Video, and New Media Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.