Art performances today can maybe sound less fancy and popular than “static” art but, despite this movement started in the late ‘70s, they are still a thing today!
The 90’s, however, were the golden years of this movement, letting emerge some big names such as Marina Abramović, Joseph Beuys and Yoko Ono.
Anyways, they’re not superficial at all! There are lots of different styles and different messages when it comes to performances.. but honestly, some are weird af.
Today we’ll talk about some of the most known weird art performances that made people drop their jaws. Mine as well.
First of all, to be honest, these are not even the worst things I have found on the internet under the label of weird art performances.. but I’m not gonna talk about the most gross ones since they’re not exactly family friendly.
1. A CAMERA LITERALLY IMPLANTED IN THE BACK OF AN ARTIST’S HEAD
In 2010 Wafaa Bilal, professor and artist from Iraq, decided to keep a surgically implanted camera into the back of his head for a year. This project was mainly inspired by his experiences as a refugee, as he said. But.. What did he do with this camera, you might ask. He just took a photo every 60 seconds, FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR, that he then published on the web.
What was the whole aim of this?
As mentioned in an interview with CNN, this project aimed to expose sole of the social conditions that we usually ignore. Trying to establish this dialogue was really important for him, to communicate and speak out these unspoken realities.
2.EVEN NAPPING HAS BECOME AN ART
Good news! You can now show this art performance to your parents when they complain you’re napping too much. Apparently, it’s art now.
For example, in 2013 Tilda Swinton napped at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Fancy place to take a nap, right?
She just basically showed up several times to sleep in a glass box somewhere in the famous art institute. Without even announcing!
This performance was called The Maybe.
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3.PLASTIC SURGERY + FINE ART
ORLAN, French performance artist whose real name is Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte, literally took 5 years to complete her exhibition which includes many transformations and fictional “re-births”.
From 1990 to 1995, for The Reincarnation of Saint-Orlan, the artist did well nine plastic surgeries on her face to recall the features of famous women in art history.
ORLAN injected her brow to look like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa , retouched her chin to recall Botticelli ’s Venus, and changed the shape of her mouth to look like François Boucher‘s The Rape of Europa. Dressed in Baroque-inspired gowns (just to make it even more creepy, you know), the artist remained conscious throughout all the operations.
Her surgical transformations were photographed and filmed, accompanied by music or poetry readings.
4.FRIENDS (DON’T) SHOOT EACH OTHER..
..but in this case, it happened. And it was even requested by the person who was shot!
Chris Burden’s performance was really “simple”: the young American artist, in 1971, just wore a white T-shirt and a pair of jeans. What he did was just to stand while a friend shot him in the arm.
After being shot, even if he planned it all, he clutched his arm looking shocked. This performance was caught on video.
But he was not done yet.. After he recovered he just went and had himself nailed to a Volkswagen.
What a chaotic guy.
5..WHATEVER THIS IS
What do you think about these performances? Are they strange to you as well or it’s just me?
Leave a comment dropping your opinion!
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