Now it’s real again?

From the Huffington Post: “Aliza Shvarts’ Insists Miscarriage Art Project Is Real

I gather that the art student in question is now asserting that the project is real and not a hoax or a performance art piece. This avowal -disavowal-avowal certainly is serving to keep the story alive. At one point she asserted that the project was meant to call attention to something or other about women’s bodies (I am getting lost in the confusion of the whole show) yet it is kinda sorta starting to seem like what is being called to attention, whether purposely or inadvertantly, has more to do with the notion and acceptance, or not, of shock art, media manipulation and instant celebrity-flavored infamy. So, at the end of the day, what is this all really about?

I found this quote by the artist on, “No one can say with 100-percent certainty that anything in the piece did or did not happen, because the nature of the piece is that it did not consist of certainties.”

3 Responses to “Now it’s real again?”

  1. “Performance Art” is a muddle-headed concoction. This phrase should refer to some act in progress for a by-stander to observe. It makes no sense to use it to describe an artifact. A musician does performance art and so does an actor or dancer. If it is legitimate to refer to any artifact as performance art (which I take to mean anything outside the mainstream of art presentations that can be shown in a traditional venue) then every piece of art work, no matter how traditional or staid, is performance art and the phrase has no meaning.

  2. Addendum:

    If we have an artist who makes jewelry set up his shop in a booth where he sells his products and invites the public watch him at work, then we have performance art in progress and a piece of art work at the end — the finished product. The latter is not performance art. If Ms. Shvarti actually carried out her actions on stage that would be performance art; displaying the product would not.

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