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Defecating as art

In 2000 Yuan Cai and Jian Jun Xi paid homage to their master, Marcel Duchamp. Fountain is now at the Tate Museum in London, and during regular museum hours Yuan and Jian unzipped and proceeded to urinate on Duchamp’s urinal. (The museum’s directors were not pleased, but Duchamp would be proud of his spiritual children.) And there is G. G. Allin, the self-proclaimed performance artist who achieved his fifteen minutes by defecating on stage and flinging his feces into the audience.

They are not the only artists to use their own shit as art.

Here there should be a moment of silence.

Cult of the Ugly

This article in the Eye Magazine deals with the phenomenon:

Designers used to stand for beauty and order. Now beauty is passé and ugliness is smart. How did we get here and is there any way out?

The how and the why

From Duchamp’s Piss on art at the beginning of the century to Allin’s Shit on you at the end—that is not a significant development over the course of a century…

…writes Stephen Hicks, professor of philosophy at Rockford College in Illinois explains why in an article at The Atlas Society here – Why Art Became Ugly.

No defecating here
‘No defecating here”
sign post outside a mountain restaurant
in Majorca, Spain.
Photo: Christina Rahm 2013.
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