Personally, as an artist who has worked in two different mediums and been recognized with awards for my efforts, I don’t think so. I am humble about my achievements. I just mention them to give credibility to my opinion on why I don’t think this is art.
There comes a point where testing the limits of human interaction, human involvement and human discovery when confronted with certain situations steps over the limit of even the most obscure performance art.
Of course, the skeptic in me wonders if this is even true, so I looked it up on Snopes to see the status of this story. As of April 14th, it was still undetermined. I wonder if the real performance of this project is the collection of comments from around the world via the internet. In which case, it would be a rather amazing display to see the empathy and compassion people have towards man’s best friend compared against the backdrop of fellow human beings who starve to death in third world countries on a daily basis.
With that in mind… what do you think? Art? Cruelty? A headfake? All of the above.
Below the vid, is the email I received today that sparked this post.
May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
May all sentient beings never be separated from bliss and be devoid of suffering,
May all sentient beings be in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.
The Four Immeasurables ~ The Buddha
In 2007, the ‘artist’ Guillermo Vargas “Habacuc”, took a dog from the street, tied him to a rope in an art gallery, and starved him to death
For several days, the ‘artist’ and the visitors of the exhibition watched emotionless the shameful ‘masterpiece’ based on the dog’s agony, until eventually he died
This is not all… the prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American decided that the ‘installation’ was actually art, so that Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel action for the biennial of 2008
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