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Uncanny Transfiguration
April 7, 2012 8:06 PM   Subscribe

Olivier DE SAGAZAN usually puts paint and clay on himself, and sometimes hardly seems human. Often monstrous, sometimes disturbing, you may find it beautiful.
posted by idiopath (26 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

 
He's going to start speaking backward and tell me he wants all my garmonbozia (pain and sorrow), isn't he?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:11 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


hardly seems human

I had to stop there. I am staying in a house in the desert in New Mexico, nothing but moonlight and coyotes and howling wind. I just can't watch this in the dark.
posted by mochapickle at 8:19 PM on April 7, 2012


He seems kind of crazy.
posted by goethean at 8:24 PM on April 7, 2012


Thank you! I saw a video of one of his performances two years ago, and couldn't for the life of me remember his name or find it again.

It was this one. At 2:26/2:27 or so - I jumped. I know it's just clay, but there is something so brutal and visceral about that moment.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:30 PM on April 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


I don't normally say this about art, but that looks really fun.
posted by Nomyte at 8:30 PM on April 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


I bet he gets so much clay in his mouth. I get the sympathetic ptooies.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:32 PM on April 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


A little too hoked-up for me.
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 8:32 PM on April 7, 2012


Take a random 30 second excerpt from any of these clips, run it at half speed, double speed, rotate it 180 degrees, add some filters - and you've got yourself a pretty good Skinny Puppy video.
posted by davebush at 8:33 PM on April 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


I was thinking Das Ich.
posted by feckless at 8:43 PM on April 7, 2012


I was thinking Nine Inch Nails.

I did find it oddly fascinating, though.
posted by Gator at 8:45 PM on April 7, 2012


This is surprisingly disturbing.
posted by Rora at 9:12 PM on April 7, 2012


This is pretty much my two-year-old eating yogurt.
posted by jimmythefish at 9:22 PM on April 7, 2012 [16 favorites]


No thanks.
posted by lobbyist at 9:26 PM on April 7, 2012


This was really creepy and disturbing, but interesting. I found myself, like, immediately repulsed when he covered his face in clay and I couldn't see his eyes anymore. I also feel like David Lynch would love this guy.
posted by Aquifer at 9:27 PM on April 7, 2012


Jan Švankmajer would probably approve.
posted by Yma at 9:34 PM on April 7, 2012


I'm not usually very impressed by nontheater performance art, but this is excellent. Dark and intense, simple and punchy, every sound and movement perfectly attuned to the moment.
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 10:35 PM on April 7, 2012


Visceral and cerebral at the same time. I mean that as a compliment of the highest order.
posted by Xoebe at 11:08 PM on April 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was thinking a Skinny Puppy show
posted by stbalbach at 12:20 AM on April 8, 2012


er, wdbs
posted by stbalbach at 12:21 AM on April 8, 2012


Wow, powerful and excellent. I loved it. This man will not make 0.5% of the money that Kinkade did, and will get only about 0.75% audience size. So in that sense he is a failure.
posted by Meatbomb at 3:57 AM on April 8, 2012


Reminded me, too, of David Lynch's style, and NIN, and Id games of the Quake era.

Is this really performance art? Much of it is obviously edited and post-processed, and couldn't be done live. To be performance art, does it have to be performable? It seems more like the visual and auditory effects of some horror movies, excised en bloc from the movie narrative.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 5:17 AM on April 8, 2012


Saw some of these on youtube before, but thanks for putting the whole post together.
posted by Theta States at 6:34 AM on April 8, 2012


This is just absolutely bizarre. I mean, good for him for taking his ideas and totally rolling with them even though almost every comment is "This guy is absolutely insane." Not to my taste, really, but it's neat that this stuff is out there.
If nothing else, it certainly gives you good ideas for Halloween.
posted by shesaysgo at 6:34 AM on April 8, 2012


Is this really performance art? Much of it is obviously edited and post-processed, and couldn't be done live. To be performance art, does it have to be performable? It seems more like the visual and auditory effects of some horror movies, excised en bloc from the movie narrative.

Some of these clips are clearly edited down from live performances (unless the clicking of cameras is part of the performance, which I don't think it is).
posted by Bookhouse at 10:52 AM on April 8, 2012


This is the kind of thing that make me envious that I didn't think to do it.

I kind of like the, "Woah that guy CRAZY" comments. If you're willing to intellectually dive in to what he's got going on, the fact that a lot of people don't seem to be able to separate this particular activity from his actual mental state or capacity just shows how directly and simply this disrupts our sense of what a person is.
posted by cmoj at 10:52 AM on April 8, 2012 [5 favorites]


I need to start a new hashtag for myself on metafilter, something along the lines of #whyismetafilterintentondestroyingmymind.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:52 AM on April 9, 2012


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