A San Francisco-based performance artist is seeking 50 high-end Apple Watches for her next project as a part of a statement on society’s obsession with massive commercialism and new technology.
Qinmin Liu, who moved to the United States from China in 2009, posted a Google Doc form online encouraging — or rather, guilt tripping — those who want to buy Apple Watch Edition models (which start at $10,000) to purchase one instead for her project.
So far, she has received pledges to contribute from people all over the world: 16 from the U.S., 8 from China, 1 from South Korea, 1 from North Korea and 1 from India.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that these donors will actually purchase one for Liu when they go on sale starting April 24 (preorders begin April 10).
“I couldn’t care less about the technology and price,” Liu said in a statement. “I care more about individual’s behaviors, and want to explore the relationship between desire and action. In 2012, a Chinese teen [sold a] kidney to buy an iPhone and iPad. […] Questions and concerns led me to spark a dialogue [about] Apple Watch.”
Lui said the project isn’t necessarily about protesting technology but rather a statement on how it impacts modern society. In the Google Doc, she calls those thinking about purchasing the high-end Apple Watch “evil and rich.”
“I think Apple is a phenomenon, and everyone is influenced by it. When I see people lined up and waiting for 8 hours to get a newest Apple product, I consider it is a performance from my artistic perspective. I don’t really care about Apple’s product, but I do care the motivations and desires and curiosity that influence human being’s actions.”
Lui said she hopes Bill Gates will donate, too: “He probably hates the Apple Watch more than anyone… but he is very supportive to art.”
The window to donate is open until June 1.