etoy.CORPORATION is all about sharing: knowledge, skills, risk, excitement, resources, social networks, art, technology and cultural profits. etoy goes where traditional artists, companies and individuals cannot afford to go.
etoy is art and invests all resources in the production of more art. The firm represents the core and code of the corporate sculpture. It controls, protects, promotes, and exploits the cultural substance (intellectual property / etoy trademark) and the etoy.ART-COLLECTION. etoy intends to reinvest all financial earnings in art - the final link in the value chain.
etoy / aka etoy.CORPORATION - founded in 1994 - is known for its pioneering role in internet art (etoy.INTERNET-TANK-SYSTEM / etoy.com, 1995), controversial operations like the digital hijack (1,5 million search engine users kidnapped in 1996), the domain name battle TOYWAR with eToys.com (an American multi billion dollar company that tried to take over the etoy.com domain name in 1999) or the etoy.TANKS (mobile studio and exhibition units built in standard shipping containers). etoy twists artistic production and appearance in a world dominated by ambivalent parameters: mass production and consumption of information and goods, global transportation, branding, maximization of profits, growing complexity, technological penetration of life and virtualization. etoy is incorporated as a privately held shareholder company to replace the traditional concept of the genius artist with a brand that is owned, controlled and fed by hundreds of stakeholders: 25 etoy.AGENTS, a few investors, art collectors and many fans. The only available product in the art market is the etoy.SHARE: unique Swiss stock certificates visually document the etoy.HISTORY and represent the idea of sharing intangible assets such as knowledge, passion and code or social networks and cultural value. etoy.SHAREHOLDERS invest their workforce (agents, contributors and advisors) or cash (art collectors, donors and fans) into the venture that is art and reinvests all profits into the production of more art. Depending on the market situation and projects between 10 and 25 etoy.AGENTS work for the art group in return for etoy.SHARES.
etoy participated in exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo Paris, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, National Art Museum of China Beijing, ICC Tokyo, Helmhaus Zurich, Art en plein air Môtiers, ARCO, Madrid Abierto, BigTorino, Fondazione Pistoletto Biella, Ars Electronica Linz, Secession Vienna, Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, Art Museum San Jose, Postmasters New York, Armory Center for the Arts Pasadena or Manifesta7 in Bolzano.
etoy won several international art awards (i.e. the Golden Nica / Prix Ars Electronica, Telefonica's VIDA award or a Switch Innovation award) and regularly appears on TV (invited and uninvited) as well as in other traditional media channels to inject the etoy.VIRUS: the New York Times, CNN, TV5, Silicon Valley Reporter, Washington Post, Wired News, NPR, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, NZZ, WOZ, La Rebubblica, Relax Japan, Domus, Du etc. etoy.CREW-MEMBERS lectured and spoke at the MIT Media Lab in Boston, UCSD in San Diego, DASARTS in Amsterdam, ETH Zurich, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, intercommunication center icc in tokyo, the Interactive Institute in Stockholm and at many international festivals.
Since 1998, orange etoy.TANKS (12 and 6 meter long standardized shipping containers -- the icons of globalisation) build etoy's mobile and multifunctional living and production system including studios, hotels, conference rooms, storage space, workshops, sarcophagus etc. Whereever etoy is needed in the physical world, the orange etoy.TANKS pop up or vanish over night to infect the way people think and feel (i.e. in SAN DIEGO, SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, TOKYO, TORINO, BERLIN, AMSTERDAM, MADRID, SAN JOSE, MOTIERS, VOELKLINGEN, BOLZANO and ZURICH between 1998 and 2009).
etoy.DISCLAIMER: etoy.INVESTMENTS are not focused on financial profits. The etoy.VENTURE is all about cultural revenue, social profit and intellectual capital generated with the invested resources.