David Horvitz, a Los Angeles-born, Brooklyn-based artist and recent Bard MFA has over $58,000 of student debt, and he needs your help paying it off. But he’s not doing it with a Kickstarter campaign; he’s turned the endeavor into the collaborative internet-sourced artwork “Fifty-Eight Cents” (2011).
All you need to do to participate is send a fifty-eight cent check to Sallie Mae’s Atlanta P.O. box with Horvitz’s name and account information. If he can get 100,000 people to do this, his student debt will be repaid. In case you’re worried this strategy may not work, Horvitz called the the loaner’s 800 number and provides this transcript of the exchange on his site:
operator: Thank you for calling Sallie Mae, how can I help you today?
me: Hello. I have two questions.
operator: OK, please ask.
me: First, so it’s okay if someone else mails in a payment for me, right?
operator: Yes, just make sure your account number is clearly written on a letter with the check.
me: OK, and any amount can be sent in? I mean, ANY AMOUNT, right?
operator: Yes, you can send in any amount you’d like. Is there anything else I can help you with today?
me: Thank you very much, that’s all I needed to know.
operator: I’m glad I could be of service today, have a wonderful evening.
me: You too, bye.
He’s also keeping tabs of all the payments on Twitter, the most recent check having come through three days ago from someone in Washington. That was check number 36, so there’s still a long way to go before he reaches 100,000. Help him out, it’s art!