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August 19, 2006
Maybe It's A Protest Against Halal?

The descent of modern art continues in Cornwall, where a dead pig and a naked woman received government funding for an exhibition in Newlyn. Kira O'Reilly dances with an actual dead pig on stage, and British taxpayers get to foot the bill (caution: link not work safe):

After pickled sheep, unmade beds and painting with elephant dung, some questioned where modern art could go next.

Kira O'Reilly will provide her own answer today by spending four hours naked, hugging a dead pig - at the taxpayer's expense.

The controversial Irish performance artist will invite one person at a time to watch her sit in a specially-constructed set and perform a 'crushing slow dance' with the carcass in her arms.

She claims the bizarre exhibition is an attempt to 'identify' with the pig, which she cuts with a knife during the show.

She feels the need to "meld into [the pig's] warm flesh, my blood and her blood," which is why she cuts the pig during the performance. I think it's safe to say that Kira O'Reilly desperately needs a date, but potential suitors may want to ask her to shower first -- and to keep the knives locked up.

PETA is organizing protests against the show, but it will only be performed once in any case. The pig has a prior engagement at a luau.

Does anyone wonder why conservatives see government funding of the arts as a joke? The decision makers have no sense of judgement or artistic vision, but instead have become the carnival barkers of their age. They care nothing for art but instead fund exhibits strictly for their shock value. Why should governments fund geek shows? Artists should have their freedom, but they should get their patronage from their own work and not from government handouts.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 19, 2006 9:22 AM

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