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Ai Weiwei’s Guerilla Proclamation at the 54th Venice Biennale

Posted in Conceptual Art, guerilla art, Installation, performance art, Photography, text by petercombe on June 4, 2011

Marc-Antoine Léval‘s latest guerilla stunt outside the entrance to the 54th Venice Biennale. I’ve always liked the humour and brazen nature of (aka “The Immaterial Art Emperor”Léval’s work. This particular performance prompted voices of disapproval from a morally and politically correct crowd, “Ai Weiwei did not authorize this!”  Just the sort of participation the work demands.

Annika Ström, Ten Embarrassed Men

Posted in Art, performance art by petercombe on April 18, 2011

Annika Ström, Ten embarrassed men, 2010

Ten men (actors) all dressed with identical clothing cruising the fair for 5 days looking embarrassed.
Performance at the Frieze art fair commissioned by Frieze Foundation Art Projects, curated by Sarah McCrory,
October 2010

Swedish artist Annika Strom masterminded a performance for a curated component of last year’s Frieze art fair, commenting on gender inequality in the art world.

Ten male actors wandered about the fair in a group, charged with looking awkward and embarrassed by what Strom sees as the under-representation of female artists in exhibitors’ stands at art fairs and across the wider arts.

Photo: Polly Braden

Guardian Footage >

Nao Bustamante recommends

Posted in Art, performance art, serious television, Twitter by petercombe on July 21, 2010

Former Work of Art contestant and performance artist Nao Bustamante tweets my post.

Porn Star Hits The Plinth

Posted in Art, London, performance art by petercombe on September 27, 2009




‘Antony Gormley’s 100-day public art undertaking, One and Other, reached a pinnacle Monday when a lap dancer spent an hour dancing and shaking in central London, causing the project’s Web site, complete with live feed, to collapse temporarily. Beginning in July, the famed sculptor asked Brits to help create a living monument at Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, a space normally reserved for statues, but which often hosts public stunts. Gromley hoped participants (selected via online submissions) would stand on the plinth for an hour, presenting an image of themselves and a representation of humanity at large. Monday’s star, Naomi McDonald, a professional London lap dancer, spent her allotted hour, beginning at noon, in heels and underwear, posing with a pole and shaking her breasts at onlookers. She closed her time on the plinth with a pole-dance to “It’s Raining Men”—much to the delight of passersby who kept their cameras flashing. McDonald was not arrested since it is not a crime to be naked in public, and despite numerous comments via Twitter about the display, police did not intervene.’

Read it at The Guardian

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