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Oh, ick. Serious ick.

12/10/06 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://spermcube.org/

I'm probably going to have to create a new category for this type of link. I don't think "silly" really captures the essence of this "yuck". For those who don't want to follow the link, the synopsis is an art project to display one cubic metre of semen.

The only redeeming explanation is if it's more a performance art piece and the idiots who produce are in fact the real focus. Heck, maybe it's people who think this is worth discussing who are the actual target.

Assuming it's not and the stated outcome is the actual aim, is it grosser than rotting garbage, animal carcasses, faeces, soiled bedsheets or any of these other interesting subjects that have been used over the years?

The problem with criticizing art installations that you don't care for is that it opens up a lot of hard questions, the most common being "So what is art?" Do you draw the line at sacreligeous subjects? Go only for Reich-approved watercolours? Clothe your marble busts? What about entirely inoffensive pieces of abstract work similar to those of Mondrian or late Kandinsky, or perhaps even Barnett Newman's "Adam" that may leave you thinking "That's not art; even I could do that." How about non-physical items such as the infamous John Cage composition, "4'33"? I don't really know where the line is -- or even if there should be one -- but, for me at least, this particular one crosses it.

The commenters at Pharyngula characteristically spend more time discussing the rather doubtful biological aspects of the display rather than meaning or (philosophical) content.

All puns are intended. Really. Even the ones I didn't mean.

(Via Pharyngula)


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