First from Vox Populi
: It's not art, it is science
From the article he linked to:
After pickled sheep, unmade beds and painting with elephant dung, some questioned where modern art could go next.
Kira O'Reilly will provide her own answer today by spending four hours naked, hugging a dead pig - at the taxpayer's expense.
The controversial Irish performance artist will invite one person at a time to watch her sit in a specially-constructed set and perform a 'crushing slow dance' with the carcass in her arms.
She claims the bizarre exhibition is an attempt to 'identify' with the pig, which she cuts with a knife during the show.
Visitors to the Newlyn Art Gallery in Newlyn, Cornwall - funded by taxpayers and the lottery - will be allowed to watch her for ten minutes. The gallery has defended its decision to stage the one-off show, but animal rights campaigners have labelled the performance 'sick'.
Anita Singh, spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: 'This seems to be a desperate cry for help that merits visits from mental health counsellors, not voyeurs.
'As Miss O'Reilly seems to depend on the shock value of using a murdered pig as a prop, perhaps lacking the talent to make it as a proper artist, may we suggest she take up a day job instead to pay the bills. This is not entertainment - this is sick.'
For once I have to agree with PETA on this one. But it's not OUR tax and lottery dollars going to fund this lunacy but British tax and lottery pounds. Before you laugh it off as ''those silly Brits''. ask yourself ''Isn't this have just as likely to happen at a some Manhattan art gallery?''.
The correct answer is: ''Sure, of course it could''.
Before you click on the following link to The (London) Daily Mail be warned;
it includes a photo of this ''performance artist'' doing her so-called ''performance art''. Yes she is nude, and yes she is holding a dead pig which is also nude.Click here at your own risk
. (Do I have to mention it's NSFW?)
Like many news sites this allows blog-style reader comments and here are some of them:
How much is this costing the taxpayer??
- John Phillips, Derby . England
Funny how many morons there are in this world, all wishing to pay to see total rubbish.
- Nigel, Somerset
This woman is clearly mad.
- Sarah, Surrey, UK
This woman is not mad. Anyone who can make money out of idiots who like to throw taxpayers money at any old trash, or the gullible public, may be guilty of taking money from those of feeble mind, but MAD? never.
- Bryn, Tamworth staffs
Who are the clowns at the Arts Council who give money away for stupid stunts like this, which have nothing to do with art. I think I'll apply for a grant, I need to paint my garden fence.
- Paul Ward, Rugby, UK
It is obviously a metaphor for the alienation of the human condition in a mechanised ethos.
- David, Birmingham
Anything with a naked woman gets my thumbs-up.
- Peter Pervert, Purley
If this woman walked into a mental hospital hugging and dancing with a dead pig they would not even allow her to go home for her pajamas!
- M. Beattie, England
M. Beattie is right. This woman & the Arts Council, should have thier heads examined.
- Arthur Dent, Felixstowe
Would someone please explain to me why MY money is being used to pay for what can only be described as a sick joke; as this is what this is. It is NOT art. Just another example of the 'King's New Clothes'.
- J Mitchell, Sheffield, UK
Good Lord! Awful wrinkled thing. The pig isn't much better either.
- Jeff, Ontario, Canada
I can just see it. You will have all these idiots standing there looking at her trying to be clever and decide what she is thinking. These people are mad.
- Sue Delaney, Worthing, West Sussex
Will she be standing in a bucket of apple sauce?
- Mike, Coventry
A new meaning to bringing home the bacon, perhaps?
- Jeff Finegan, Montmorillon, France
Right, if it's my tax that's paying for this I'm going there tomorrow. (Seriously)
By the way, I don't actually agree with my tax being spent this way but I will defend this womans right - and the pig's - to do this providing they fund it themselves.
- Dave, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire
The one from Canada is priceless. As I warned you, she IS naked (in fact, she appears to be anorexic). Vox's sarcastic comment on this is:
I think the exhibit should be entitled "Portrait of My Unwanted Child as a Deceased Pig". I'm no longer concerned about seeing civilization arrest its decline into barbarism, I'm simply enjoying the spectacle.
Bring on the gladiators!
I see his point. When I clicked on the link to that article I wasn't expecting to see the photo. That's why I warned you about it. When I saw it my reaction was ''OMG, he wasn't kidding''.That, and what I heard on sean innanity's radio show Friday afternoon
, have made me say ''We really have
sunk that far, haven't we?''.
We're in the middle of the JonBenet Ramsey media circus all over again. One thing I've been reading and hearing lately is about is ''how the NY Times, CNN, ect ,ect, is giving our enemies information on our war effort''.
I'm getting a bit tired of that cliche'. And yes, it IS
a cliche', and a hollow one at that.
Another site I visit regularly is Jihad Watch
and on it I found this; Fitzgerald: What would have followed?
Where he points out what would have happened had those attempted airliner attacks had succeded? I suspect there would have been a lot of wailing, mourning of the dead perhaps air travel would have been suspended for a few days (as had happend after 9/11) then security would be stepped up just as it has been now where mothers are told to taste baby's milk before getting on her flight.When are we going to get serious folks?
For years now we keep hearing liberals and junk food conservitives whimpering ''that's not fair, not all muslims are terrorists''. But for FIVE YEARS NOW we've continued to pretend that muslims ''can clean up their act'' and ''help us put a stop to terrorism'' and what do we get? The so-called Council on American-Islamic Relations who scream bloody murder about our ''racist profiling of muslims'' every chance they get!!! What are we NOT getting? A whole lot of muslims saying ''Ya 'know it just dawned on me, maybe there's a reason why more and more people are getting really suspicious about muslims?''. Remember how almost no newspapers would print any of ''the mohammed cartoons'' EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE A LEGITIMATE NEWS STORY??? Remember how CNN ''blurred out'' the images of them when they did put them on screen? The Boston Phoenix at least admitted THE REAL reason:
1) Out of fear of retaliation from the international brotherhood of radical and bloodthirsty Islamists who seek to impose their will on those who do not believe as they do. This is, frankly, our primary reason for not publishing any of the images in question. Simply stated, we are being terrorized, and as deeply as we believe in the principles of free speech and a free press, we could not in good conscience place the men and women who work at the Phoenix and its related companies in physical jeopardy. As we feel forced, literally, to bend to maniacal pressure, this may be the darkest moment in our 40-year publishing history.How 'bout that? They at least were able to say it: ''No, not all muslims are bad, but we fear for our safety from the one or few muslims that might seek to do us harm''. When I listen to talk radio, from time to time a muslim calls in to say ''you are reading koran wrong, koran does not say that'' EVEN THOUGH IT DOES!!! Folks, that is also ''terrorism''. A newspaper admitting that it cowers in fear that a muslim might attack them is also ''terrorism''.
Another thing I've been reading also came from Jihad Watch: Fitzgerald: Tips for visiting a mosque. A quite well-written piece if I do say so (and the comments to it are quite enlightening as well). It discusses ''muslim outreach'' in our communities and the correct way to deal with it.
''Muslim outreach'' is just a way to try to fool us ''infiedels'' that Abdul over there isn't a bad guy, and you have no need to be suspicious of him or any other muslim regardless of what you see and hear every single day.
What I began this with is an example of the REAL problem we face. The perception of US as a soft, weak and decadent people nearly begging the muslims to take over. And that we have been eager to embrace PHONIES like sean innanity as ''a staunch conservitive helping us fight for the good 'ol red white and blue'' . Whenever I hear a caller to innanity's radio show say ''sean, you're a great american'' I can't help but think ''and you're a bad american too''. He sucks up to Sewaraldo Slimevera, he sucks up to howeird stern, he says things on an weekday afternoon radio show that as one caller to his radio show once said to him: ''Sean!!! What are you doing??? I have kids in the car!!!''.
BTW, as someone who has designed a website myself (the one you are looking at) having visited his offical website (http://www.hannity.com/) also helped me realize just how awful it (and he) really are...
posted by YIH @ 3:00 AM on Saturday, August 19, 2006