Tuesday, 05. May 2015
01. 09. 14. - 15:00
A gay artist will today (Monday) start collecting underpants trophies after starting on a one year-long "artistic project" sponsored by a condom firm to sleep with a different man every day.
And Russian born Mischa Badasyan, a 26-year-old performance artist who is based in the German capital Berlin, said he was inspired to come up with the idea because of all the meaningless casual sexual encounters that he had engaged in when working in Glasgow in Scotland.
He said that he hopes his project entitled ‘Save the Date’ which starts today will "challenge ideas of sexuality and homosexuality in the time of contact sites like Tinder, Scruff and Grindr".
He said: "It is all about the fact that it is easier than ever now to get sex but it is also something that has less meaning than ever before. I want to explore the feeling of emptiness so pervasive in today's hookup culture, especially for gay men."
He added that he planned to visit the soul destroying types of ‘non-spaces’, including supermarket car parks and motorway service stations, to have sex with men that he meets online, saying: "Non-places are supermarkets, shopping malls, airports and other largely anonymous spots where people lose a sense of identity and feel like they don’t belong."
His project has been compared to Tehching Hsieh's year-long performances. In 1978 the Taiwanese artist spent a year locked in a wooden cage and in 1980 he punched a clock every hour on the hour for an entire year.
Badasyan has already signed up for internet sex sites to facilitate the serial performance. He has also been tested for STDs and found himself a condom sponsor, and now just needs to find the men who will be his partners.
At the end of the year he plans to take all of the underpants he has been given as tokens from the men he sleeps with and make them into a new artwork.
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