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(News.com.au)   Museum exhibit features goldfish swimming in blender with visitors given choice to press button. Hilarity ensues   (news.com.au) divider line 134
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2003-05-12 05:25:32 PM
Oh, for farks sake! It's not like the fishies were gonna be alive for any more than a week anyway...
 
2003-05-12 05:41:22 PM
Why not charge the two asses that pressed the button instead of the artist and the museum director?
 
2003-05-12 05:56:24 PM
haha. didn't take long for a "It's just a goldfish!" to show up here. Anyways, once again I'd like to point out that death is a black and white concept. If someone dies for entertainment purposes it's alot different than something dying of natural causes. This 'artist' is a sensationalist freak.
 
2003-05-12 06:06:01 PM
It would have been a much more interesting piece with the artist's head in the blender.
 
2003-05-12 06:32:55 PM
If past is prologue, SNL reference coming soon.

"Mmmm...That's great great bass!" (see?)

That exhibit has been done several times before--it is supposed to make you ponder human power over life or death. I guess somebody went beyond the 'ponder' stage. It even has its own Google image:

 
2003-05-12 06:39:54 PM
Artist Marco Evaristti, the Chilean-born bad boy of the Danish art scene,

OK, who here really thinks that was typed in with a straight face?

"Yeah baby, that's right. I'm the bad boy of the Danish art scene."

Say, isn't that fish-in-a-blender thing some sort of virus?
 
2003-05-12 07:15:59 PM
What they need is an artistic judge. Wire up their 'nads with a button to control the current, stick them in a museum, and allow the crowd to administer what they think is an appropriate amount of justice. Make them confront their concepts of justice versus mercy. Hey I wonder if I could get a NEA grant for this? Anyone want to write up a grant proposal with me?
 
2003-05-12 07:20:42 PM
05-12-03 06:39:54 PM Doctechnical, being the "bad-boy" of anything definitely isn't what it is cracked up to be. I was once one of "the bad-boys of public access tv" and all it got me were criminal charges.
 
2003-05-12 07:36:17 PM
Just for you, Cardinal ;-)
 
2003-05-12 07:36:39 PM
Earlier this year he had drug addicts create their own canvasses using paint mixed with HIV-contaminated blood, heroin and cocaine.


Well, at least he's given up playing with infected/contagious bodily fluids...

 
2003-05-12 07:50:07 PM
mmmm fish daiquiri
 
2003-05-12 07:59:07 PM
...goldfish were liquidised in a blender to test visitors' sense of right and wrong.

Look like two people failed the test. I wonder what happened to them?
 
2003-05-12 08:56:21 PM
Tomorrow's Headline: PETA President wants to be put in a giant blender at a museum, etc.
 
2003-05-12 08:56:49 PM
Or maybe they passed the test, Minkey? All of those other sheep....
 
2003-05-13 01:33:06 AM
But fish are people too!!!!
 
2003-05-13 02:30:01 AM
...hope...for humanity...fading...fading...RISING...gone
 
2003-05-13 02:31:14 AM
This happened.....in 2000.....Why did it take so long for such a pointless case to get to court?
 
2003-05-13 02:31:44 AM
Wasn't this story around like two years ago? Or have I gone back in time?
 
2003-05-13 02:31:56 AM
Why did the blender work? Theres no point to that. What the exhibit should of have is the whole setup as described but the blender does NOT work when turned on. Just have great flashing lights come on and a siren announcing the prescence of sadists...
 
2003-05-13 02:33:06 AM
This case is from three years ago. THREE YEARS AGO. Why is the court case still going on? Do the Danes suck that much at litigation?
 
2003-05-13 02:33:16 AM
We can grow and slaughter animals for food however it's wrong to kill one for amusement?

Explain.
 
2003-05-13 02:33:38 AM
GoatBoy
Wasn't this story around like two years ago? Or have I gone back in time?


Read the story first and then comment on it. Dumbass.

The exhibit at the Trapholt modern art museum in 2000 featured live goldfish swimming in a blender.
 
2003-05-13 02:34:51 AM
Art is a crucifix in a jar of urine.
 
2003-05-13 02:36:20 AM
I wounder if the artist had a back-up plan if somebody did hit the button. Where there like two or thee back-up blenders with goldfish?

/poor planning
 
2003-05-13 02:39:19 AM
Relying on humanity's "inate compassion" = bad idea

As an artist, I am offended...offended that I didn't think of it first. Of course I wouldn't have allowed them to kill the fish though. some other sign would go off to indicate just how heartless and evil people were, and a webcam re-plays their faces while they try to kill the fish...you know, just so they know that everybody else knows that they are heartless bastards.
 
2003-05-13 02:39:27 AM
*wonder*
 
2003-05-13 02:39:35 AM
shiat.. where's PETA in all of this?
 
2003-05-13 02:40:20 AM
[i]Earlier this year he had drug addicts create their own canvasses using paint mixed with HIV-contaminated blood, heroin and cocaine.[/i]

That piece sounds pretty dope.

/ducks thrown objects
 
2003-05-13 02:40:32 AM
They should've set up a 120+ db blast as soon as someone hit the "On" switch.

Public humiliation for barbarism might actually make a difference in this situation...
 
2003-05-13 02:41:16 AM
Xenow

Food is a necessity, amusement is not.
 
2003-05-13 02:42:20 AM
I'd do it. Come one! Goldfish! Liquid Goldfish!

I'm just evil.
 
2003-05-13 02:45:24 AM
I don't think you should arrest these people unless they get an erection.
 
2003-05-13 02:47:19 AM
Let's have a moment of silence for our dearly departed fish brethren, who lost their lives for the sake of sick art.
 
2003-05-13 02:47:33 AM
He didn't kill the fish. He made a situation where killing the fish is very easy. Not much different than selling guns to people- user-friendly point and click interface. Maybe if there were a five-day waiting list with background checks on people who want a chance to see the button...

Now, if it had been wired to shock/spray with water/spray with indelible ink the people who think that killing things is fun, then it would have been a true piece of performance art. Have one room with the fish in the (disconnected) blender and the button, and the next room have monitors connected to cameras in the first, to watch the reactions of the people dumb enough to push it, with stills of previous victims. Though, you'd probably have to just record for a few months, then open up the second room, so that word didn't get out too quick.

Now, if I could get people to pay me money for things like this...
 
2003-05-13 02:49:26 AM
Next Gallery Show:

Frogs in potato guns.
 
2003-05-13 02:52:40 AM
Seriously. Is there anyone who WOULD push the button, besides me?

It's only a goldfish (or two). They're not exactly an endangered species, you know.

I'd be a bit miffed if it was, say, a cute kitty. That's different. Cats are higher on the evolutionary ladder (I, personally, think that cats are higher on the ladder than humans. I mean, we feed them, pet them, and clean up their shiat. We are OWNED. But they're CUTE!). You morn the death of the goldfish which is barely conscious, but you probably stomp on ants and stuff. Ants are higher up than Goldfish, you know.

Who does this hurt?

The goldfish, right.
 
2003-05-13 02:54:20 AM
I believe the fish died for my sins, and is not really dead, but merely awaiting the resurrection when it will triumphantly return to Earth.
 
2003-05-13 02:55:57 AM
Obviously he didn't battle against his sense of wrong when he placed them in the blender, in the first place!
 
2003-05-13 02:57:20 AM
infidel goldfish!!!
 
2003-05-13 03:09:54 AM
DarKrow why do you think ants are higher "on the evolutionary ladder" than goldfish? Vertibrates (which includes the body fish) are a much later development than arthropods.
 
2003-05-13 03:10:01 AM
05-13-03 02:55:57 AM Bulb007 -

Obviously he didn't battle against his sense of wrong when he placed them in the blender, in the first place!


Not to open a can of worms here, but what's inherently wrong with placing fish in a blender if you don't intend to "blend" them? Certainly he was increasing the potential risk to the fish, but you do the same time every time you put your kids in the car (assuming you have children)...
 
2003-05-13 03:10:21 AM
There's old fish and there's goldfish but...
 
2003-05-13 03:11:22 AM
tee hee hee

click the button i dare you!
 
2003-05-13 03:12:17 AM
Bony fish, not body fish.
 
Sio
2003-05-13 03:12:40 AM
damnit sexdwarf you beat me to it...
 
2003-05-13 03:12:53 AM
I wonder how many people went through before the fish got the button. of cousre it could have been that the people thought they would have not possibly put electricity to the blender and just thought it would'nt do anything. I would think that at an exhibt anyhow
 
2003-05-13 03:13:35 AM
05-13-03 02:41:16 AM Spoofman_v2.0
Food is a necessity, amusement is not.


I agree, I think if someone had then drunk the fish smoothie then it would have been fine.
 
2003-05-13 03:15:34 AM
sio sorry :p it was the first thing that came to mind....an oldie but a goodie
 
2003-05-13 03:17:04 AM
Prime: Well said.

This seems to be a cultural application of Milgram's "shock box", except, instead of having a human that might die from your actions, there's a "lower" species in front of you whose fate you control. It's an exercise in barbarism, and what people will do if they feel there's no consequence...

Unfortunately, the people that actually flipped the switch got off. It's quite remindful of the Holocaust (ie: what you feel is beneath you).

Great exhibit, poor execution. (No pun intended)
 
2003-05-13 03:17:14 AM
Ok, I work as an artist trying to make gallery work, and this is pretty weak. The idea is interesting in itself, but the guy is obviously a media whore. Unfortunately this is what the art schools are teaching kids these days. They tell the students it's about the idea, everything else is secondary. IMHFO ideas are great, but theres a bit more to "art". It might be performance art, but to be a performance, a person has to do something, in this case turn the blender on. A fish just swimming around just doesnt cut the mustard. If thats what the artist wanted, hes a sick puppy. I'm sure he could've come up with a way to express his idea in 100 other ways. But no, he's gotta be the freakin danish bad boy. Adding flashing lights to this thing would only make it an episode of Trigger Happy TV. This crap people are calling art has only been around for about 80 years, well since Marcel Duchamp decided he didn't need to paint anymore to make art, just buy it. I'm not saying avant garde pieces are less worthwhile, just now anyone thinks he can do something "different" and be instantly a world class artist. It's great to push the boundaries but have some taste dammit.
 
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