An Editorial for Shock Art

Topics: Art, Marco Evaristti, Shock art Pages: 1 (385 words) Published: December 11, 2012
Shock Artists: Giving a Message, or Taking Advantage of the Media? Shock Art: Contemporary art that incorporates disturbing imagery, sound or scents to create a shocking experience. The topic has caused controversy that many artists are getting criticized for. Shock art has appeared in many museums and has been looked down upon, mostly because it is very disturbing to look at. The artists of such art are also being looked down upon because some critics believe that they are only making shock art to take advantage of media. When forms of shock art show up in a museum or an art gallery, it usually gets a lot of publicity for the uproar that it causes. Critics believe that shock artists are producing this kind of art for just that; publicity. Others believe that they are producing the art to send a message. In one case, shock artist Marco Evaristti set up ten blenders, each filled with water and one goldfish. He then invited viewers to push the buttons on the blenders, knowing that as soon as the button was pushed, the goldfish would be pulverized. He called the piece Helena, and later described the exhibit as a social experiment, dividing all the people that viewed into three groups, “The idiot, who pushed the button, the voyeur, who loves to watch, and the moralist.” Evaristti then observed that more than one person had pushed the button. He was later charged with animal cruelty and said that he was trying to test the viewer’s ability to determine what was right and what was wrong. This piece had gotten tons of publicity and critic’s later skeptisized whether he really was testing the viewer’s, or just set it up to become popular. This is where my opinion comes in. I believe that it was quite cruel to pulverize the fish, but realized that Evaristti’s purpose was to indeed perform a social experiment. I found his way of thinking clever, but, since I still have a conscience, cruel and unusual. There are many more shock art exhibit’s that caused controversy much...
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