St. Petersburg artist Petr Pavlensky nailed his dangly bits to the cobblestones of Moscow's Red Square. He said his actions were a "metaphor for apathy, political indifference, and fatalism." [Moscow Times]
I'll leave the interpretation of his artistic statement to others. What I'm curious about is the actual mechanics of what he did. How do you drive a nail directly into cobblestone? It's not like driving a nail into wood. You can't just sit there with a hammer and bang away at it. I think you might be able to do it if you had an air-compressor-powered nail gun. Or if you pre-drilled a hole in the cobblestones. But what was it?
On Tuesday morning, South African artist Steven Cohen got out of a car near the Eiffel Tower and did a piece of performance art which involved him, dressed in a bird outfit, dancing around with a cockerel tied by a ribbon to his dangly bit. After ten minutes, the police arrested him and charged him with indecent exposure. His lawyer is now protesting, saying: "It’s a disgrace. With this performance, Steven Cohen wanted to evoke his situation, split between two countries." Makes perfect sense to me. [thelocal.fr]
Performance artist Stephen Sheehan's latest piece is called "Weighed down by a cushion." It consists of lying down in the middle of a Liverpool shopping center with a cushion on his chest [liverpoolecho]. He explains:
An excuse is something you have mentally placed upon yourself. The cushion is a lightweight object that I placed on my chess. I imagined this cushion as a heavy object in order to stop me from moving. We both know that the cushion and excuse could be easily removed but we choose to keep them in place to reduce the chance of disappointment or failure.
You can find many of his other performances via his facebook page, such as his piece "Standing in a box, in a field for 33 seconds."