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6 annoying pranks made in the name of Art

1. Faking a rape and murder.

While still in art school, Mendieta invited her fellow students to her apartment where, through a door left ajar, they found her covered in blood. She was recreating a murder scene as reported in the press. It was her response to a brutal rape and murder of a nursing student, Sara Ann Otten on March 1973.
None of the students that went that day to Mendieta’s apartment knew this was a performance.

Untitled (Rape Scene) is the documentation of an action that the artist performed in her apartment in Iowa City, while she was a student at the University of Iowa on the innovative Intermedia art course run by the German artist Hans Breder (born 1935). It was created in response to a brutal and highly publicised rape and murder of a nursing student, Sara Ann Otten, by another student in March 1973. The following month Mendieta invited her fellow students to her apartment where, through a door left purposefully ajar, they found her in the position recorded in this photograph, which recreated the scene as reported in the press. Some time later, Mendieta recalled that her audience ‘all sat down, and started talking about it. I didn’t move. I stayed in position about an hour. It really jolted them.’ (Quoted in Ana Mendieta, p.127, note 11.) In 1980, she commented that the rape had ‘moved and frightened’ her, elaborating: ‘I think all my work has been like that – a personal response to a situation … I can’t see being theoretical about an issue like that.’ (Quoted in Ana Mendieta, p.90.) On another occasion she explained that she had created this work ‘as a reaction against the idea of violence against women’ (quoted in Viso 2004, p.256, note 58).

Image: EDITED: That image is absolutely NSFW. Keep images like that behind a link instead of making them display in the pitch. – TheSoundDefense

2. King Mob steals Christmas.

The art group King Mob stormed Selfridges’, a London store. A man dressed up as Santa Claus, along with some helpers, started to give away the department store’s toys to the children. But soon came the police, and the little ones witnessed how one Santa’s helper was placed under arrest, while the rest ran away. But the worst part was when they had to give back their “gifts”.

The action was accompanied by a one page manifesto, which headline ran: “Christmas, it was meant to be great but it’s horrible”. One of the participants was Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols manager.

Title: Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century.
Author: Greil Marcus

The group threw a potlach in Selfridges’, with a man dressed as Santa Claus giving away the department store’s toys to throngs of happy children.
Title: England’s dreaming.
Author: Jon Savage.

This action was accompanied by an anonymous one page, broad sheet manifesto(…) McLaren was one of the twenty five. 


3. Wanking and talking dirty in an art gallery (Sample entry)

Vito Acconci performed his Seedbed in New York’s Sonnabend Gallery during January 1971. With this performance, the artist gave a literal meaning to the term “jerk-off artist”.
All the visitors who entered the gallery didn’t find anything at first sight. Maybe they noticed a wooden ramp on the floor. Suddenly, a voice whispered through the gallery speakers things like “I’m doing this with you now. I’m moving toward you. Leaning toward you”. It was clear that the man speaking was as horny as a Disney ex-tween idol. Then, he was more specific and said things like: “you’re on my left, you’re moving away but I’m pushing my body against you, into the corner”. Now it was clear that he was seeing the visitor through the wooden ramp on the floor.
To dispel doubts, he insisted in claiming that he was “masturbating: I have to continue all day—cover the floor with sperm, seed the floor”. By now, the visitor probably have run away in case the man hidden would come out to wax the floor. Yes, Vito Acconci was below the wooden ramp, masturbating and projecting his sexual fantasies to everyone who came near. Like any respectable seventies New Yorker pervert would do.
His handcrafted performance lasted a whole day. Seedbed was one the most notorious art pieces in his carrier. What would take you to jail, it took him to the art pantheon.
Vito Acconci – Seedbed

In January 1971, Acconci performed Seedbed intermittently at New York’s Sonnabend Gallery. On days he performed, visitors entered to find the gallery empty except for a low wooden ramp. Below the ramp, out of sight, Acconci masturbated, basing his sexual fantasies on the movement of visitors above him. He narrated these fantasies aloud, his voice projected through speakers into the gallery.

4. Faking the George Bush’s website.

In April 1999, the art group ®Tmark published, a fake website of Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush. His real website is Bush’s lawyers sent them a threatening letter.
This encouraged the art activists, so they published a second version of, with much more content. This time the Bush campaign complained to the Federal Elections Commission.
These attacks appeared in the media. When a reporter question him about the site, Bush’s televised response was: “There ought to be limits to freedom.” This infamous line is still remembered.


When asked at a news conference in May what he thought about the site, Bush let loose, saying it was produced by a “garbage man” and suggesting that “there ought to be limits to freedom”–a line Bush’s online critics have vowed to never let the world forget.

5. Illegally releasing a new Beck CD.

Another action by ®Tmark. They released a “new” Beck CD, titled Deconstructing Beck.
But Beck didn’t like it. In fact it wasn’t really his work. Deconstructing Beck was a bunch of allegedly illegal samplings of Beck songs, produced by Illegal Art, who sold the CD by mail.
Brian McPherson, Beck’s attorney, send them an email in which he stated that: “You will be hearing from me, Universal Music Group, BMG Music Publishing and Geffen Records very shortly”.


Back in 1998, when the U2/Negativland imbroglio was still fresh in memory and sampling in music was still a hotly debated matter, the Illegal Art label released Deconstructing Beck, a compilation of culture-jamming remix artists running Beck’s music through the wringer. The purpose was to call attention to a sticking point in the debate over sampling in music


6. Stealing the gallery owner’s car and joyriding.

Artists Patricia Silva and Eric Clinton Anderson while visiting an art gallery, noticed that the gallery owner’s Volvo was parked inside, with the keys in the ignition. They took it as a kind of ‘do as you please’ and they spontaneously decided to go for a ride.
But Gavin Brown, the owner of the car and the gallery, thought somebody stole his car and didn’t know who… until the artists tweeted and posted on Facebook their art joyride.

Anderson explains that “We didn’t know much about the show beyond the usual ‘do as you please’ side.” Silva adds, “The absence of authority made it feel so fresh.” How fresh? They spontaneously decided to go for a drive. “We were really impressed at the boldness of the artist and gallery for having such an anarchic level of interactivity. So we jumped in, pulled out, and took the Volvo up the West Side Highway. Hell yeah!”


Why you don’t need an expensive education if you have Pop Culture. A sketch.

One fellow thinks about stopping his formal education. He believes that he can get profound knowledge just with pop culture: songs, films, comics. He even will renounce serious literature. 
He argues that behind what people believe it’s junk culture, there are deep parables about philosophical concepts, moral debates and psychological insightful analyses.
Maybe he is too convincing. Another debater now believes that they are the new Greek Academia; enlightening the masses with their acute commentaries about films, comics, games and songs. They are the new Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

To make his point of quitting his formal education, saving his money in the process, the Illuminated will reference films like:
The living dead. The ambiguous ending deals with what is to be human. They shoot the black protagonist. Have they confounded him with a non human or have they considered that a black person is a beast? In the sequel, Day of the Dead, even the zombies will have some human feelings and reactions. Is it justified to kill them? 
Songs like:
Born to be alive, Patrick Hernandez. The title is the condensation of evolutionary books like the Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. We are born to be alive and pass our genes to the next generation in a number of copies that ensure the survival of our DNA.
The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss), Cher. There are countless versions of this song, but I think Cher’s is the most popular. In a survey, it is shown that women uses the kiss to help them decide to choose his “mating partner”.

‘Mate choice and courtship in humans is complex,’ said Professor Robin Dunbar. ‘It involves a series of periods of assessments where people ask themselves “shall I carry on deeper into this relationship?” Initial attraction may include facial, body and social cues. Then assessments become more and more intimate as we go deeper into the courtship stages, and this is where kissing comes in.’
University of Oxford.
The Bad Touch, Bloodhound Gang. Even a creationist cited the lyrics in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
by Steven Pinker
If we aren’t part of God’s creation, just accidental products of the mutation and selection, why follow moral codes? It shows the fear of negating the “ghost in the machine”, or the concept that we are a spiritual creature born to follow a moral code. By the way, Ghost in the Machine is a Police album.

Conclusion: He convinces the rest. One of them is too excited. He believes that what they do – commenting films, songs, comics, games – converts them in Greek Philosophers reincarnated. 

Three bands defined by the songs they plagiarized

1. Elastica or three girls playing rhumba.

Elastica was an English band formed in the nineties. They were clearly influenced by the post punk band Wire.

Their biggest hit was the song Connection.

The synthesizer intro and guitar parts are lifted from the riff in Wire’s “Three Girl Rhumba“. The legal dispute was resolved in a out-of-court settlement.

Initially, the band was formed by Justine Frischmann, Annie Holland, Donna Matthews and Justin Welch. Three girls and a boy.

What distinguished them from the rest of the brit pop bands was their fixation for the post punk era, when syncopated rhythms were widely used.

The rhumba combines the African syncopated rhythms and Spanish melodies.

So, Elastica were three girls playing rhumba, just as the Wire song was indicating.

2. Nirvana fights the eighties.

Come as you are” was their last American and UK top 40 hit.

But Nirvana and Gold Mountain, their management, wasn’t too sure about releasing the song as the second single from Nevermind. The similarity between the main riff of “Come as You Are” and Killing Joke’s “Eighties” was too evident.

Later, when Killing Joke complained, they said that they never heard of them. Astonishingly, the English band didn’t sue Nirvana for stealing their riff, maybe because it wasn’t. “Life Goes On“, recorded by The Damned, features the same riff.

Killing Joke declared they never heard the song.

The lyrics of “Eighties” contains lines such as: “I’m living in the eighties. I have to push, I have to struggle. Get out of my way, i’m not for sale no more… I’m sitting on a table talking ideals”. The message of the song appears to be the struggle against the conformist vibe in the 80’s.

Nirvana was “living in the eighties”. Kurt Cobain formed the band in 1987. The general consensus is that the success of Nevermind marked the triumph of alternative rock versus the commercial rock of the eighties. Cobain, in many of his interviews, “talked his ideals”, including his loathing of successful bands like Guns and Roses.  The image projected by Nirvana was that “they were not for sale”.  Nevermind rose to the top beating Michael Jackson’s Dangerous, the artist that symbolized the 80’s.

In “Eighties”, you can also hear “let’s kamikaze ’til we get there”. Everybody knows how Kurt Cobain ended his life. He should have listen to the Dammed song.

3. Oasis proves that it’s sweet to be an idiot.

In 1994, Oasis released the single Whatever.

Initially, Noel Gallagher claimed being the writer of the song. But, in fact, it borrowed heavily from the melody of Neil Innes’ “How sweet to be an idiot”.

After the inevitable lawsuit, Innes got his writing credits and a truckload of money.

Although “How sweet to be an idiot” is about the bliss of being the mentally challenged of the village, the title suited the attitude of the brothers Gallagher during the nineties.

Their message was simple: hooliganism is cool. So they publicly declared that they hope that the Blur bassist will gets AIDS, cracked the skull of a journalist and bragged about their cocaine and alcohol diet.

“How sweet to be an idiot” was another Beatlesque tune from Innes. His capacity for writing Beatles pastiches without being sued was astonishing. In fact, that ability made the spoof band The Rutles possible. Noel Gallagher has an affection for the Beatles pastiches too. And you can see his brother Liam desperately trying  to be John Lennon.

In fact, in the song Whatever, you hear him singing “I’m free to be whatever I
Whatever I choose”. It seems that he has chosen to be John Lennon. But, depending of you affection for their music, you can see him more like Nasty, the Lennon caricature played by Innes in The Rutles movies.