art or pornography
Well, in this week’s issue of The New Yorker, Hilton Als suggests that contemporary performance might be a little less boring if it incorporated the more presentational and theatrical aspects of contemporary music: the histrionics of Karen O. from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, say. I don’t know – I’ve seen a lot of stuff with rock’n’roll theatrics that is still pretty boring. But there’s something to be said for passion and intensity vs. intellectual detachment and self-satisfaction.
But sometimes you can get both. Or neither. All at the same time.
According to The Pill, Fraser “rocked the collective art-world mind in 2003, when she sold herself to a collector for one night on the condition that their act be filmed and turned into an artwork.”
Of course, a debate ensues about is it “art or pornography“.