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Would you like a gas mask with your waffle cone?

When Anarchist Performance Art takes the guise of a humble Ice Cream Truck, I can't help but think that money spent funding the arts is money well spent.
posted by Dillonlikescookies on Apr 19, 2006 - 17 comments

 

Sublime Time: Part of The New York Art Scene 1974-1984

The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984 features, among many compelling pieces, works by Tehching Hsieh. Hsieh may be best known for his 1983-84 collaborative piece with Linda Montano, in which the two artists were tethered together at the waist with an eight foot rope -- for an entire year. [Previously mentioned here.]
posted by milquetoast on Feb 13, 2006 - 3 comments

Guitar Re-invented

The Six String Sonics are about reinventing the guitar. The conventional guitar has many limitations. For example, it binds the player to chords that one can hold with one hand, or melodies that can easily be reached with one hand. As a result, guitar compositions have come to sound very similar to each other. We created Six String Sonics to rid the guitar of these limitations, and make room for more possibilities in composition. A video of their debut perfomance. [embedded MOV file]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Feb 3, 2006 - 43 comments

Whether Man

Whether Man. Every morning (since November 22, at least), an NYU student (and video artist) has stepped out onto his Queens rooftop, clad only in his underwear and a necktie. Why? To provide you with "up to the 6 o'clock weather information," of course.
posted by grabbingsand on Dec 9, 2005 - 9 comments

owie owie owie

On Friday, September 2nd, artist Mary Coble will subject herself to a marathon tattoo session that could make a career Marine wince. Beginning at 6 p.m. and likely continuing until dawn the next day, a tattoo artist will etch 400 names of victims of the nation's gay, bisexual and transgender hate crimes into the artist's back, legs and arms. And we're all invited to watch. More (WashPo [reg.rqd])
posted by crunchland on Sep 1, 2005 - 18 comments

Don't forget his ubiquitous bunny heads.

The inventor of mail art and master of performance events he liked to call "nothings", "the most famous unknown artist in the world" has caught my fancy. He called his enigmatic collages "moticos" and stored them in cardboard boxes to be shown in Grand Central Station or on the street. He playfully hinted numerous times about his mortality; even his closest friends and associates agree that his carefully planned death was his last “nothing". I can't wait to see How To Draw A Bunny. Here's an open letter to him.
posted by Specklet on Jul 5, 2005 - 19 comments

SaveKaryn Part 2?

My Million-Dollar Year. "One million dollars. 365 days. Yes, she's serious." Performance art goes commercial.
posted by growli on Apr 4, 2005 - 55 comments

After Walker Evans

After Walker Evans Alternatively, After Sherrie Levine. In 1936, Walker Evans famously photographed a family of sharecroppers. In 1979, Sherrie Levine rephotographed Evans' work. Performance artist Michael Mandiberg has reproduced Levine's work online, made them available for printing, and assembled texts and wrote plays to give the site's conceptual art concept - and Levine's work - meaning, and a punchline.
posted by livii on Mar 20, 2005 - 16 comments

Chris Barr is available

Chris Barr is available on Thursday for the next two months. So what you ask? You can schedule things for Chris to do and view things he's done in the past. I especially enjoyed the "ask strange women to hold a sign saying I Like Spike" and "ask a bunch of random folks what is on their iPod." Can wait to see what he has to do next.
posted by mathowie on Mar 11, 2005 - 31 comments

Conjuring a Cultuejam

The Center for Tactical Magic: a fusion force summoned from the ways of the artist, the magician, the ninja, and the private investigator.
posted by moonbird on Feb 3, 2005 - 8 comments

The MP3 Experiment

"The MP3 Experiment is the world’s first live theatrical performance that audiences will experience exclusively through headphones. There are no actors. There is no host. Audience members will download an mp3 track from the show’s website in advance, load it onto their portable players, and bring it with them to the show. The lights go down, a video projection cues the audience to press play on their mp3 players simultaneously, and the show begins. The mp3 track is an intricate mix of music and instructions from an unknown voice." Produced by Improv Everywhere, also mentioned here.
posted by turbodog on Nov 30, 2004 - 29 comments

I listen to the Chieftens

So, why don't you like doing interviews? Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock takes the piss. [wmv]
posted by dobbs on May 16, 2004 - 19 comments

nicole blackman's courtesan tales

Courtesan Tales are thirteen intimate tales of the senses, designed for a blindfolded audience of one, as told by Nicole Blackman (of golden palominos, scanner, recoil and KMFDM). The tales have returned to New York for May.
posted by milovoo on May 15, 2004 - 4 comments

9 beet stretch

9 beet stretch is the act of using digital tools to slow down Beethoven's 9th symphony to the point where the piece takes 24 hours to complete. Next week, a 9 beet stretch will be taking place in San Francisco, at 964 Natoma, from Friday April 23rd to Saturday April 24. Sleepover!
posted by mathowie on Apr 15, 2004 - 29 comments

Talk to me!

Bill and Liz sit down on a sidewalk in New York City, and put up a sign that asks people to talk to them. No catch, no trick, just conversation. They do this full time, up to 14 hours a day, every day.
posted by majcher on Aug 4, 2003 - 24 comments

Rati - art, politics, genital cosplay, or not?

Oh my. Is this performance art? A political statement? An in your face variation on cosplay? Meet the very not-safe-for-work Rati. Is this a contemporary nod to tradition? Does it rise to the same level as another popular theme in art? Weigh in on Rati!
posted by madamjujujive on Jun 11, 2003 - 12 comments

Mike Parr performance - Democratic Torture

Democratic Torture - "By touching a hotspot on their screens the Global audience can shock my exhausted face...". Yesterday his face "was sewn into a bind" today in around 3 hours time viewers may "contribute an electric shock direct to Mike Parr by interacting directly with the webcast"
A SMH article and an Artist's Biography provide some context.
posted by atom71 on May 2, 2003 - 2 comments

Best Rodent to Have at a Party

Scotty the Blue Bunny - add some color to your next party or family get together with Scotty. "There's something to be said about a seven foot pastel rabbit hurling insults at a party-worn Sunday evening crowd..." via Presurfer
posted by madamjujujive on Feb 18, 2003 - 10 comments

Starbucks Spat Theatre

I've never had a cup of coffee in my life. Can't stand the smell. However, if I were able to watch Reverend Billy's Starbucks Spat Theatre I'd be living there 24/7. Has anyone witnessed one of these performances? [via an email i got from bud]
posted by dobbs on Nov 17, 2002 - 15 comments

Coyle and Sharpe

Coyle and Sharpe were two geniuses of street improv. Their man on the street interviews and bizarre senses of humour were unique and daring. Check out these great mp3s. (Great to see MeFi back!)
posted by dobbs on Jul 15, 2002 - 4 comments

Million Clown March

Million Clown March attended by 80 clowns, who chant "No more chanting!"
posted by swift on Mar 18, 2002 - 9 comments

"Each vagina is different, each is like a snowflake, unique in its own way."

"Each vagina is different, each is like a snowflake, unique in its own way." More about explicit "edu-tainer" and "sexpert" Maria Falzone's "Sex Rules!" performance at Dartmouth College. Includes excerpts from performances there and elsewhere (including the above) and the College's official reponse.

Only touched upon in the article is the huge response to the event from Dartmouth's alumni, including a heated discussion at a College-sponsored alumni event yesterday in LA.

The original article and MeFi thread.
posted by gdog on Nov 8, 2001 - 19 comments

Online Art

Online Art - strange delights.
posted by paladin on Mar 16, 2001 - 1 comment

Shop Mandiberg!!

Shop Mandiberg!! eCommerce or performance art?
posted by aladfar on Jan 26, 2001 - 7 comments

David Blaine

David Blaine is at it again (requires flash). If you are in New York, you can also see him frozen live at Times Square from now through the 29th.
posted by tamim on Nov 27, 2000 - 33 comments

Is nudity art?

Is nudity art? Or is this USF student just a flake?
posted by baylink on May 25, 2000 - 13 comments

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