Tuesday, October 25, 2011

stupid art

what it is: live birth as art
where i found it: mr. a. levy of atlanta, georgia 

Apparently some woman has decided to do a performance art piece that equals nothing more than delivering her baby in an art gallery. There's still time to check this out, as the child isn't due until early November. Here's the link if you're interested in learning more. Performance art almost always walks a line between what's acceptable and what's not, and often crosses the line between public and private: Linda Montano tying herself to her partner for a whole year, Marina Abramovic and her partner starting from opposite ends of the Great Wall of China only to break up when they reached the middle, etc.. Both of those ladies had some serious actions under their belts (kneeling naked in a museum with a loaded gun and razor blades next to you and telling the audience to do what it wants with your body) by the time they pulled those stunts. The baby woman's resume is probably less impressive. Clearly, she has not been through the process of delivery before. Birth is a beautiful, horribly harrowing, painful, and transcendentally gut wrenching experience (my wife knows this a lot better than I do). Would you really have wanted a gallery full of art assholes to see your placenta-covered screaming head emerging from your mom's vagina?

missus montano commits

missus abramovic finds a friend