How is this any different than the old, “wanna come over to my place and look at my art collection?”

 

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Performance artist Mischa Badasyan vows to have sex with a different boy every day for a year.

That’s the basis of Badasyan’s new project, “Save the Date,” the latest in a line of works that explore modern ideas of sexuality and homosexuality. Badasyan, who was born in Russia and now lives in Berlin, has received unprecedented international media attention, both good and bad, for “Save the Date.” The project will begin in September. Badasyan chatted with Mic via Skype about this latest controversial project — a performance that he says is inspired by the gay condition, Taiwanese artists and French philosophy.

On hearing about the premise, most people react with snark. But Badasyan’s project asks powerful questions about today’s hook-up culture, particularly within the gay experience, and how that in turn translates to loneliness. Casual, consistent sex is not only an old gay stereotype, but is also easily enabled by apps like Grindr, Scruff or Mister. Badasyan’s performance may seem ludicrous at first, but he’s only pushing an everyday reality to its extremes.

“Bad Assian?” Gimme a break, but moving forward, and looking at Mr. Badasyan’s photo, I suspect he’s going to find it difficult to find 365 men willing to sacrifice themselves for his art. I may be wrong; gays are notoriously randy, and have even been known to plunge their member through a hole in a wall to see what’s waiting on the other side (Grrrrr), but I think the guy better keep his credit card handy.

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7 responses to “How is this any different than the old, “wanna come over to my place and look at my art collection?”

  1. Walt

    Dude –

    How does one become a performance artist? It seems like this may be a good scam for us. For some reason. FOR SOME REASON!! It apparently legitimizes any absurd shit someone decides to do. IT’S A LICENSE FOR BAD BEHAVIOR!! A get out of jail free card, and all you need to do is call it art?

    SIGN ME UP!! From now on, please refer to me as “The Performance Artist Formerly Known As Walt”. Want to go drop deuces on the front steps of Town Hall and say we are exploring the lives of dogs?

    Now on to the gays. Or do they prefer homos, or lezbos or queers or faggots? PICK A NAME AND LET’S JUST MOVE ON YOU SWISHERS!!

    Why do they feel the need to make their entire existence about their sexuality? I never understood that. Be gay. Who cares? Why make it all about sex, especially when they have so much more going for them. Their impeccable fashion sense. Their style and grace. Why flaunt the fact that you can get a boner at will? Although that is a pretty cool talent, now that I think about it.

    Anyhows, if this Badassman guy has grown tired of random, anonymous, wanton, lustful, erotic meaningless gay sex, maybe he should give it all up and become a priest.

    At least that is what I think. Do you agree?

    Your Pal,
    Walt

    • CatoRenasci

      Performance Art is a drug-crazed combination of Dada and the Theatre of the Absurd. You can’t make this stuff up. I suppose you could think of this as a reductio ad absurdum on absurdity….

    • AJ

      I think it all started with Oko Ono and events called happenings (late ’60s?).

  2. In our Obama-Khardasian culture, sociopaths apparently will do anything for attention.

    Don’t give it. Altho, like any train wreck, it’s hard to do.

  3. sunbeam43

    One word……Ugh!

  4. Anonymous Citizenette

    Some gay men take incredible risks to get off. I had a friend who would commonly have quickies during his workday with men he didn’t know, arranged via the internet . When we hear on the news that a single man was killed with no sign of forced entry, who among us doesn’t figure, oh yeah, another gay hookup turned bad. I believe in live and let live, but damned if I’ll give in to their demand that we all embrace and support their lifestyle.