Archive for October, 2007
This remarkable event took place at the Trevi fountain in Rome. A man threw a bucket of red paint in the fountain. This was a protest against the film festival of Rome. The “red fountain” resembles the red carpet of the film festival. Not meant to be art, but …
“This is my current stack of watercolor paintings that: were merely experiments, I didn’t finish because they were going awry, failed miserably or I’m not quite sure what I was thinking when I started them. Luckily I’ve only painted on one side of each of these sheets so if I flip them over I should be kept busy with paper to paint on for a long, long time . . . “I like artists who are critical to themselves.
It took Cypriot-born Stelios Arcadious, also known as Stelarc, 10 years to find a surgeon willing to perform the procedure.
The project represents a recognizable human part and is meant to be ultimately attached to the body as a soft prosthesis. However it is being presented as partial life and brings into question the notions of the wholeness of the body. It also confronts society’s cultural perceptions of life with the increasing ability to manipulate living systems. Tissue Culture & Art are dealing with the ethical and perceptual issues stemming from the realization that living tissue can be sustained, grown and is able to function outside of the body. The prosthesis is now a partial life form – partly constructed and partly alive.
The BBC’s show “Have I Got News For You” commented on the above quote as follows: “He hasn’t only gained an ear, but he’s also obviously talking from the extra arse he had fitted.”
I’d really love to do this myself one day. It’s supposed to be conceptual art but I’m struggling to find more info about this.
Adolf Hitler painted these between the end of WWI and the beginning of WWII. I had no idea he had some talent in art, although this is obviously more technique than emotion.