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Narcissister



Caution: some brief flashes of bare bosoms--a tactic which seems to constitute the entirety of the performer's artistic armory--in video and at the link..

More info here.

Trisha Brown in “Accumulation”



It's not much of a dance, but Trisha Brown could certainly have had a career as a sign-language interpreter in South Africa.

Oh, yes, recipient of MacArthur "genius grant."

Stale Puppy-Dog Tails



Let me know how long you last....

Another nice long performance here, by the artist known as Vetza. You get to see her as well.

"Vetza is a multi-talented artist who has full control over a range of disciplines including classical instrumentation, experimental sound improvisation, voice and theater. She is an innovator representing the LA Arts community in the international art world. Vetza is an original member of the the LA Free Music Society. She is a writer, composer and so much more."

Joan Jonas





More on the "artist" here.

Still doing her thing in 2014!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 10, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art

Blast Stools

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Stools made by blowing up sheet metal.

Read more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 27, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Explosives, Furniture, Avant Garde

Go! Push Pops





The Push Pops are a radical, transnational queer feminist artist collective. Geared toward engendering ‘Embodied Feminism,’ the collective is primarily concerned with the expenditure and conservation of the self in relation to the Other. Employing the female body – that which is bound to a cross-cultural language of desire, signification and power – in tactical, ideological strategy, the Push Pops utilize gesture, exclamation and popular idiom to embody a new and discursive physicality. Neo-Dada, Fluxist and Feminist, their performance work posits the body as a danger to the operation of reason and male economy of lack. A wild leap, an elusive slogan, a paroxysm of the flesh – The Push Pops reinscribe the body through participatory ritual, spontaneous performance and interactive multi-media installation.


There's as much of this as you can stand on YouTube. Or at their home page.

Caution: lots of patriarchy-demolishing swears in the second video.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 17, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Feminism, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Avant Garde

Antics of the Artists



The filmmaker's home page.

Those wacky, outrageous bohemians!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 21, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Literature, Movies, Avant Garde, Surrealism, Fictional Monsters

POUND, by Downey Sr & Jr





The first clip shows Robert Downey Jr's first role in the year 1970, in a film by his father, Robert Downey Sr. As an example of late-60's weirdness-- Well, let's hear from Leanne Benson at IMDB:

I saw this film last night at the Barbican in London, apparently it hadn't been shown for thirty years, longer than I've been alive! We were warned at the beginning that it wasn't the easiest film to watch and with that in mind, I actually found it not too difficult to watch. All the characters were very different and I really like the idea of having people play the animals. It was pretty sad but also heartwarming in a way. I loved Robert Downey jr as the puppy, so cute!!!

I would say that the film was pretty bizarre and I'm not sure if I could watch it again for a while but for someone like me who is interested in they ways of past decades, I think it was a brilliant peek into the late sixties. There was one particular character, the old lady who played the dog with the mange problem who I thought was brilliant, amazing styling and directing. A film that should be available to be shown.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 18, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Celebrities, Movies, Avant Garde, Surrealism, 1960's
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