My wife is performing today as part of Low Lives 3, an online international performance festival. It’s going on from 3-6 ET today on UStream, so if you’ve got some time and you’re just like hanging-out and eating a sandwich or watching your cat sleep, you should tune in here.
Yesterday, I went to this really amazing performance art thing.
Yesterday was also St. Patrick’s Day, an international day of drunken publicly-performed assholery.
Is the art one considered art because it is intentionally performed? Isn’t drunkenness also intentionally performed?
“I am the first,” Orlan claims, “to divert plastic surgery from its aim of improvement and rejuvenation.”
These are called “operation-performances.”
She took a digitized version of the “idealized feminine” face (her source material: Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Botticelli’s Venus, Francois Pascal Simon Gerard’s Psyche, Gustav Moreau’s Europa) and then surgically altered her own face to create this image.
Nine plastic surgeries. She considers her works “sacrificial.” These performances were painful and potentially fatal.
A new essay from Unzipping of Images…Orlan’s Operative: Provocation, Performance, Personhood
Conceptual artist Richard Whitehurst is creating a “rape tunnel” which will go live on October 30th. I struggle to take this kind of thing seriously. And yet, I have no doubt someone will enter this sad little tunnel just to “see what happens.” Under such circumstances, were they asking for it?