Sunday, May 01, 2011

Another thing I have to get around to reading: "Blood Orgies", about Hermann Nitsch

I actually own a copy. Unfortunately, it seems to be out of print and very expensive, but I got it while it was still in print. Nitsch is one of the members of the "Wiener Aktionismus" or Vienna Actionist performance art movement, and his performances included and include a sort of anarchic liberation through....well, he gets back to primeval realities. This video will give you an idea of it. Nitsch, according to my understanding, makes sure that the animals used are slaughtered in a humane way before the performance. It's very intense, and made to be so, made to be challenging to the viewer, but ultimately valuable and not just done for shock value.

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