“The age-old question of "what is art" is particularly relevant with the clip above. Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo spends 20 minutes dancing on butter in a piece titled "EXERGIE- Butter dance." Here's the description of this "artful" piece, according to Lilith Studio's YouTube upload:
Melati Suryodarmo (b. in 1969 in Surakarta, Indonesia, lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany) performes EXERGIE- Butter dance, an older piece but shown for the first time at Lilith. 20 blocks of butter in a square on the black dance carpet. Suryodarmo enters the space, dressed in a black tight dress and red high heels. She steps on the pieces of butter. She starts to dance to the sound of indonesian shamanistic drums. She dances and falls, hitting the floor hard, rising, and continuously being on the verge of standing, slipping and falling in the butter. After twenty minutes Suryodarmo rises one last time, covered in butter, and leaves the space.”-(Credit: HuffPost )
I will never understand the art world for the life of me. Is this lady serious? How is dancing around, stepping, and slipping on butter considered art? Really? Are artists serious with this shit or are they just the world’s best bull shitters? I literally trip and fall on stuff EVERDAY! I dance on random things all the time. Whether they be pizza boxes, chairs, cats, newspapers, trash, or butter. Name something and I’ve probably done a little jig on it. I would never in my life call it art. Look at this bitch. She is literally just slipping on butter. How is no one laughing at her? How is she not laughing at herself? Why are people clapping for her? Don’t clap! That’s not art! That’s not even impressive! It’s fucking gross! WHY AM I WATCHING THIS? I FEEL LIKE I’M TAKING CRAZY PILLS! I wonder if in the back of her mind she is thinking “I can’t believe people are actually giving me money for this.” She has to be. Right? I don’t know. Maybe it requires a higher level of thinking that I am not capable of. Can anyone out there explain the art world to me? Or is The Guy just a lost cause?