Sketchy, slimy, shady. Approval not granted.
A 26-year-old Russian-born performance artist named Mischa Badasyan, who lives in Berlin, is going to have sex with a different person every night for one year in the name of art. While I did finish the article centered on the project, that's all I needed to read to stop in my digital tracks and shake my head in disgust. I mean, really?!
People do weird, sexual things for art all of the time. And I'll never understand it.
I'll admit, I'm not the most artsy person around town. I'm sort of like Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off when it comes to art — I just gawk hopelessly. But while I might not understand the meaning behind every artist's masterpiece, it's still crystal clear to me when an artist has gone too far.
I mean, talk about creepy. This guy has signed up for four different sex sites in his perpetual eagerness to complete the project. Additionally, he's not going to be telling the people he'll sleep with with why he's having sex with them because, he reasons, "What if I tell you I just had sex with you for an art project? People won't like that. It's horrible, actually." Can't say I disagree.
Badasyan is exploring the correlation between loneliness and sex. Furthermore, he's filming a documentary about the project and building a sculpture from his bed sheets. Oh, and he'll be collecting a small 'item' from each encounter. Badasyan explains, "Well, I am going to meet a lot of people, each with [his] own story and background [he's sleeping with only men]. I want to keep these moments. Collecting 365 pieces of each guy will help me to create a collective installation body.”
Right, because someone who bizarrely reduces his partners into art-based objects (without telling them) is obviously a person who really cares about their backdrop. Carving into wood is bad, but collecting an actual item? Yeah, super shady.
It's important to mention that while he's going to be using condoms, he's certainly not totally immune to STIs. And what if he contracts something, doesn't realize and continues with the project? So. Not. Cool.
To me, the whole thing is just a big ball of sketch involving a guy who's probably only interested in achieving an outrageous number.
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