“Miracle” Escape

Belgian artist Mikes Poppe recently chained himself to a four-ton block of marble and then attempted to free himself by chiseling away at it. His goal was to demonstrate how the “inescapable burden of history” imprisons artists.

Nineteen days later he gave up and asked to be freed, admitting that he had “underestimated the marble.” Despite this, he said, “I don’t see that as a failure… On the contrary. I have been able to communicate with the public. I am now going to read the many comments in the guestbook and take a warm bath.”

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Catherine Yass has been nominated for a Turner Prize, so this means…

yassCatherine Yass has been nominated for a Turner Prize, so this means that she’s a serious artist. Nevertheless, her plan to drop a piano off the top of a 27-story building in London, as a way to allow the community to “explore how sound travels,” has been vetoed by the local housing association. Locals apparently feared her plan was “dangerous and ludicrous.”

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Chinese artist He Yunchang believes in suffering for his art…

He-Yunchang-croppedChinese artist He Yunchang believes in suffering for his art. His performance pieces have included:

  • Having one of his ribs removed so that he could wear it as a necklace.
  • Having a doctor cut a one meter gash down the side of his body, without anesthesia.
  • Encasing himself in a cube of quick-setting concrete for 24 hours.
  • Trying to “cut a river in half” by suspending himself above it from a crane while holding a knife in the water, as blood dripped from cuts in his arms.
  • Painting the fingernails and toenails of 10 mannequins with his own blood.
  • Staring at 10,000 watt bulbs to damage his eyesight
  • Burning his clothes while wearing them.

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