Tim Leibbrandt

0.008167% Chance of Success (Mixed media installation, Size variable)

0.008167% Chance of Success (Mixed media installation, Size variable)

Artist's Statement

According to a study done by the National Centre for the Study of Gambling, 82% of South African adults play the National Lottery on a weekly basis. This suggests that the 1 in 13,983,816 odds offered by a single ticket form an intrinsic part of daily South African existence. Furthermore, 27% of these people are unemployed, indicating that a significant degree of belief is bestowed on the overwhelmingly miniscule odds of a return on the investment in a ticket. This is interesting when examined against the state of the art industry. Whereas the lottery marks hope bestowed on minuscule odds, the South African art market is beset with pessimism and disbelief, despite offering significantly better odds. In a sense, this work takes the form of a social experiment. I am interested to see what happens when these two sectors – art and gambling – collide. Putting aesthetic notions of the philosophical value of art aside, does it take the transmogrification of art into pure potential investment to entice buyers? I am very interested to see how people react to a space containing something that is statistically probably worthless, yet could be worth millions. The title derives from the fact that 1142 tickets give each ticket holder a 0.008167% chance of winning the lottery by purchasing the artwork.

Artist's Biography

Born: Grahamstown, 1985. Lives and works in Cape Town. Received his BA(FA) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Major exhibitions: AVA Gallery, Cape Town.