Sal Randolph lives in New York and produces independent art projects involving internet-mediated gift economies and social architectures. She is the founder of Opsound, an open sound exchange of copyleft music (opsound.org). Other recent projects include The Free Biennial (freebiennial.org) and Free Manifesta (freemanifesta.org) which brought together several hundred artists in open shows of free art in the public spaces of New York and Frankfurt am Main, Germany, as well as Free Words (freewords.org) in which 4000 copies of a free book have been infiltrated into bookstores and libraries worldwide by a network of volunteers. Her recent project Free Press created an open access publishing house at Röda Sten Contemporary Art Space in Göteborg, Sweden. She is currently developing work in the areas of experiential and participatory art including a series of works where she gives away money. She works with sound as situationalaudio and as a member of the band Weapons of Mass Destruction, and she is also part of the art collaboratives Glowlab and be something. Randolph's work has been presented in the public environments of New York, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and other cities, as well as in gallery and museum exhibitions including Manifesta 4, and Don't Miss in Frankfurt am Main, BüroFriedrich Gallery and the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin, the Palais de Tokyo and Bétonsalon in Paris, La Box in Bourges, Röda Sten in Göteborg, Art Interactive and Oni Gallery in Boston, as well as Pace Digital Gallery, Cinders Gallery, Salvation Gallery, the Fountain Art Fair, and the Conflux Festival in New York.

For the past 10 years my work has centered around the gift and the act of giving things away. I am interested in the way gifts create social networks and activate social encounters. Past projects have involved creating social architectures and gift economies in art (The Free Biennial, Free Manifesta), music (Opsound) and books (Free Words, Free Press). Recently I have begun working with direct gifts of money through one-to-one encounters, street distributions, and in gallery settings. In our society we talk about money all the time, but primarily about making it and spending it. We keep our activites of giving behind closed doors (doors of family, nonprofit institutions, philanthropy), so it remains a relatively invisible part of our daily lives. Gifts of money bring up feelings of excitement, generosity, and gratitude, but also greed, anxiety, stingyness and lack. My current work investigates this nexus of feeling and its social consequences.

Give Someone A Present
A stack of stickers with the word "Present" offered with the following request: "give someone a present." The word and the situation are both simple and ambiguous: take a sticker, give a present. But "present" has more than one meaning, and it's not quite clear whether the recipient of a sticker is meant to give away the sticker itself, some other kind of present, or for that matter some kind of nowness. These ambiguities invite participants to create the piece through their own guesses and understandings. A notebook is offered alongside for participants to tell the story of their exchange.

Give Someone A Present is part of an ongoing series of works involving gifts, including the Free Money series where I give away money on the street, in one-on-one encounters, and in stacks in gallery settings (http://freemoneyrelease.org).