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An interactive paper sculpture
July 12, 2014 7:50 AM   Subscribe

“Every time the paper blade falls a camera will be triggered to capture the expression of the those who have put their neck on the line for an art experience like no other. Each fearful facial expression, forever immortalized on the PaperCuts-Exhibtion.com.”
posted by Brandon Blatcher (10 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Truly a heady experience.
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:01 AM on July 12


Check out the Victims page. Hold your mouse over a photo or click it for the reaction shots
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:23 AM on July 12


It's weird to see the guillotine used in such a light-hearted ironic presentation. It's the instrument the French Revolution used to murder thousands of people. Imagine a similar exhibition, only it's a paper AK-47 pointed at people's heads. Or maybe the artists could do a version of this piece in Rwanda, using paper machetes. Hilarious! "It will transform a powerful and oppressive symbol of death into a thing of beauty."
posted by Nelson at 8:40 AM on July 12 [3 favorites]


I think a better Art would be a machine that gave literal papercuts and reaction shots to same.
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth at 8:43 AM on July 12 [10 favorites]


Nelson: "It's weird to see the guillotine used in such a light-hearted ironic presentation. It's the instrument the French Revolution used to murder thousands of people."

Fun fact: France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars came out.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:22 AM on July 12 [5 favorites]


I think a better Art would be a machine that gave literal papercuts and reaction shots to same.

Wait ... you mean this thing doesn't give them papercuts?

LIED TO ALL MY LIFE!
posted by Jonathan Livengood at 11:44 AM on July 12 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I was thinking "a papercut on my neck? That fucker would hurt!"

The guillotine was invented as a humane alternative to hanging, and it's not in widespread (any?) use at this time, so I have a hard time feeling outrage at a fake one. People go through haunted houses that portray much worse.
posted by emjaybee at 12:00 PM on July 12


Oh I'm not outraged, you have to do a lot more to provoke that response in me. The Terror was an awful long time ago, just reflecting on the art. I think it's tasteless and I'm not sure if that was the artist's intent or not.
posted by Nelson at 12:06 PM on July 12


It may indeed be tasteless! But it seems to tap into the same fears that rollercoasters and haunted houses (also tasteless in their way) do, where you know that you are safe, but you cringe and feel fear anyway. Does that help us deal with violence or trivialize it unacceptably? I have no idea.
posted by emjaybee at 12:18 PM on July 12


It's the instrument the French Revolution used to murder thousands of people.

Too soon?
posted by sneebler at 2:46 PM on July 12 [6 favorites]


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