First of all, two journals in one year? You guys are lucky!
Second of all, I saw this article on Digg, and it got me thinking. Where do we draw the line on what is art and what isn't? Having someone die in public isn't art in my opinion, even if the person volunteers. I know the article states that artists are trying to demystify death, but is that necessary? I know death is a part of life and we will all die, but do we really need to portray it in such a way as this? The dying process shouldn't have a spectacle made out of. I guess the line that worried me the most was the line that said this:
"The enfant terrible of the German cultural scene is looking for someone whose dying hours will be spent in an art gallery with the public admiring the way the light plays on the flesh of a person gasping for the last breath."
Hold on. You want me to go see a person die, and admire the light on them during their last breaths? Not even consider that a fellow human being is being drained of life before my eyes? That, in my humble opinion, is severely disrespectful. It takes some serious nerve to have a person die in front of you, and ask people how good your lighting is.
Why can't art just be what it used to be? Why does it have to be so borderline inhumane?
Thanks for reading.