'Untitled (Gold)' reflects on possible meanings of generosity. The work consists of part of a poem by British humorist and poet Thomas Hood (23 May 1799 – 3 May 1845), set in in yellow-gold neon, glooming like gold. The poem, entitled 'Miss Kilmansegg: Her Moral', is about gold and how this material continuously creates a challenge to the moral choice between greed and generosity.
Ethic choices are also the subject of sociological experiments, often through a game, that observe human behavior and test human borders of altruism and egoism. The Ultimatum Game has been of particular interest for our work 'Untitled (Gold)'; in this game, two players are offered a chance to win a certain sum of money. All they must do is divide it. The proposer suggests how to split the sum. The responder can accept or reject the deal. If the deal is rejected, neither player gets anything. The rational solution, suggested by game theory, is for the proposer to offer the smallest possible share and for the responder to accept it. Generosity is defined as an offer greater than the minimum amount needed for acceptance.
In ‘Given Time’, Derrida discusses the notion of the gift and generosity as unconditional hospitality.