Yesterday, a video of a fully naked Lady Gaga walking outdoors blindfolded hit the net.
This is a promotional video by performance artist Marina Abramovic, which was filmed to help raise $600,000 to fund the artist’s museum.
Gaga can be seen hugging a giant crystal, walking outside blindfolded and lying flat on the floor in her pajamas, all as part of “The Marina Abramovic Method”.
But Mother Monster is not the first and will definitely not be the last celebrity to be take part in performance art.
Tilda Swinton slept in a glass box as part of an art performance called “The Maybe” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Swinton debuted the piece in 1995 at London’s Serpentine Gallery.
Also involving Abramovic was Jay Z’s Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film, in which Jay Z performed his track “Picasso Baby” for six hours straight.
With a beard and scruffy clothes, Joaquin Phoenix became a rapper for the faux-documentary I’m Still Here. In the film, he recently revealed “saved” his career.
Speaking of Abramovic, James Franco visited her performance art at MoMa in which she sat for 736 hours and 30 minutes in total stillness and silence.
She is set to make a film about Franco.
Abramovic said: “I think he’s the most interesting actor of the moment. Why? Because he takes risks and when you take risks, you can fail. But he takes failure and risk all with the same intensity”.
But maybe one of the best known and remembered performances was that of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, staying in bed in a hotel in Amsterdam, as a ‘peace’ protest against war and violence in 1969.
Whether they do it for a good cause, to save their careers, or just for the sake of doing it, it’s nice to see celebrities doing something different than what they usually do.