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Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 12:39 am
Holidays from being human

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trini_naenae
trini_naenae
trini_naenae
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)

I like Edwina Ashton's work, as sadistic as it may be. And I'll admit, the video in the comments with the girl dressed as a seal tormenting the polar bear got a laugh out of me. How inane.

My first reaction to your description of Sako Kokima's performance was along the lines of: "What about when she needed to pee? It would suck to have to pee with no privacy. And then would she have a toilet? And wouldn't she get bored? And then I watched the video and promptly became bored. It comes across as an attempt to be super cute but ends up as incredibly mindless and annoying.

I'm not even going to comment on Meiji Dori.

The sad thing is, even though Kokima was trying to escape being "a Japanese female artist in her 20s", she ended up confirming that very stereotype. The stereotype for Japanese females in their 20s is to be unrelentlessly cute. And quite a few artists do performance art.

Maybe I just can't handle that much cute in one sitting.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)

It's interesting to compare Sako dressed as a hamster with Mark Wallinger dressed as a bear or Shintaro Miyake dressed as a bee. Because these are, stereotypically, "serious male artists in their 30s", do we perceive them differently?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)

Or there's Fischli and Weiss:


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trini_naenae
trini_naenae
trini_naenae
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)

Wow, those are... um... I'm speechless. And not in a good way.

I suppose it does get mostly the same reaction. I can't watch it the whole way through. Maybe I have many many steps to go before I understand performance art, but this really does not speak to me.


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)

i think so whoever the 'we' may be unless it was a bunch of hamsters.

and as the guys above say an animal or a human 'becomming-animal' (deleuzian, shamanistic etc if there really is such a thing) has little to do with performance but it's a good go at playing an antropmorphized pet hamster kind of thing. in a way she's raising the stake a bit high for herself since unlike the serious male artists she's eliminating both metaphor and irony - from her stated intent at least. then she kind of succeeds through persistance. two weeks is reasonably convincing.


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trini_naenae
trini_naenae
trini_naenae
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)

A little, but not much. I have to admit that the bee performance appealed to me the most of any. To my sensibilites, there were bee drawings. ("Ooh, something I understand now, drawing!) And he got uncomfortable and bored of it.

Maybe I shouldn't comment until I have a better understanding and appreciation for performance art. It's a world that I've really not paid any attention to.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)

Mark Wallberg turned in a great performance in "I Heart Huckabees." Agreed?


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