An Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo does a routine where she wears a tight black dress and heels and then dances on top of 15 blocks of butter, accompanied by rhythmic drumming. As you can imagine, she slips and falls heavily, picks herself up and resumes dancing, slips and falls again, picks herself up, and so on. Each time she crashed to the ground I cringed, because it looked like it must really hurt.
I do not have much of an artistic sense but am pretty open-minded about what can be called art. In fact, I admire artists because they are the ones who seem to be always pushing the boundaries of the permissible, sometimes shocking us in the process. But I am not a fan of people putting their bodies and even their lives in jeopardy for the sake of art or in order to entertain others. This is the same reason I don’t like daredevil acts at the circus or elsewhere and refuse to watch.
The video of the 20-minute dance is edited down to only about six minutes and Suryodarmo walks away, seemingly unhurt, at the end but I fear that over time she will do herself serious damage and for this reason, and this reason alone, I hope she stops doing this performance.