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A performance artist wearing a business suit and safety harnesses jumped repeatedly from a museum roof to create photographs that recall scenes from the World Trade Center attack, but his spectacle was scorned by some onlookers and victims' relatives.
Collaborating photographers snapped away as Kerry Skarbakka fell more than 30 times from the five-story Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday. The photographs will be retouched to erase the pulleys and wires that kept Skarbakka from hitting the pavement.
Skarbakka, 34, said he started thinking about falling after watching on television as workers jumped to their deaths from the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
koji, I read your post, contemplated the different angles of the concept that you rbrought up, and I then came to the point where I figured I am able to clearly and succinctly state my thoughts:
That's not art.
Artists present their view of the world, that is what they do.
This guy put on a suit and bungee-jumped a few times.
That's not art. If that were the case, people pay 50 bucks a pop to be "artists" at the bungee-jump place on the beach at Panama City all the time!
I fixed 3 helicopters this afternoon. It took more action and more finesse to trouble-shoot and repair the 'hawks than it did to jump a few times, but I'm no "artist"; not in the real sense of the word.
Jumping to make some point is not art.
Give me a velvet picture of dogs playing pool any day! That's art!!
Hey, I'm from Alabama. What'd you expect?
[edit on 17-6-2005 by Thomas Crowne]
Well, I haven't actually seen the art in question, but I grant that if it's like 90% of what passes as art these days, it probably IS crap.
Originally posted by DenyAllKnowledge
I suppose it is art in a sense, 'simulation & simulacra' and all that post-modernist guff.
art1 ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ärt)
Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.
The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.
I guess it depends on your idea of beauty, but re-enacting a moment of terror and desperation that motivated people to jump in a vain attempt to save themselves is just wrong/sick.