The Rape Tunnel

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  • markh 30 Sep 2009 11:36:53 3,598 posts
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    My friend who's an artist sent me this:

    http://www.yesbutnobutyes.com/archives/2009/09/the_rape_tunnel.html



    So... Richard Whitehouse, an artist from Ohio is constructing a piece called The Rape Tunnel. It's an installation in a gallery, a long narrowing tunnel that can be walked through, and he's promising that anybody who enters it during the exhibition, he'll attempt to rape.

    In 2007 at the Seward Projects Space in Columbus, I had my first breakthrough with an installation that was to be the prototype for this current one. It was called THE PUNCH-YOU-IN-THE-FACE TUNNEL. It was the same set-up as THE RAPE TUNNEL except at the end of the tunnel Iíd punch the subject in the face instead of raping him or her. The impetus was completely reactionary to the current state of art, and motivated by pure frustration.

    As it turns out, I ended up breaking the nose of the third person to crawl through the tunnel, an aspiring model. She went to the hospital and eventually sued me. Her modeling career was put on hold. The civil case was long and drawn out and the matter still hasnít been resolved. To this day she still has unpaid medical bills. The point of this long aside is that all this took place two years ago, and Iím still having an impact on this young ladyís life, something not many other artists could claim about their work

    Rape seemed like the next logical step.

    I did laugh when I first read about the idea, but it does seem pretty messed up and pointless really.

    What do you think??
  • glaeken 30 Sep 2009 11:39:00 11,171 posts
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    Fake surely? The punch you in the face tunnel and the story with it sounds far to made up.
  • mouse Moderator 30 Sep 2009 11:39:31 10,312 posts
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    I think it's a joke.
  • Psychotext 30 Sep 2009 11:39:45 54,185 posts
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    My initial reaction upon seeing the title was... "WHAT?"

    My reaction upon reading the thread was... "WHAT THE HELL?"
  • localnotail 30 Sep 2009 11:40:20 23,093 posts
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    controversy is the new art

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • DFawkes 30 Sep 2009 11:40:48 22,958 posts
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    Doesn't work. If you go into the tunnel, you know what's going to happen, therfore it's consensual (sorry otto :p), therfore not rape. Possibly, I don't know the ins and outs of rape, except it requires some ins. By which I mean his penis.

    Oh for goodness sake, I've caught my scrotum in my zip again - Margaret Thatcher, 1986

  • Whizzo 30 Sep 2009 11:41:43 43,124 posts
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    That rape tunnel looks familiar, one of the comments had the link.

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  • otto Moderator 30 Sep 2009 11:42:12 49,315 posts
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    CONSENSUAL gaaaaaaaah /runs amok

    say no to Eurogamer sigs

  • Deleted user 30 September 2009 11:42:21
    If it were real then it would be bloody sick from the perspective of the affect such a thing would have on anyone who has been raped. Thankfully it is a fake as the comments below state.

    Still in this sick ass world nothing surprises me these days.
  • markh 30 Sep 2009 11:43:24 3,598 posts
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    Ah..so fake then. Well, that comfirms my view of it being pretty pointless!

    My taste in art is a nice drawing of something to be honest :p
  • MetalDog 30 Sep 2009 11:43:43 23,697 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    controversy is the new art

    It's been like that for quite a while, hasn't it?

    Not enough talent? Go for the shock!

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • danathjo 30 Sep 2009 11:46:02 7,384 posts
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    I thought that this may be about that bit in Irriversable
  • Spanky 30 Sep 2009 11:47:43 14,501 posts
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    I'll do one, titled Near Instant* Prolapse it will be a henry the hoover sitting on the floor with instructions to stick it up your arse and switch it on.

    *may not work.

    Plubs

  • localnotail 30 Sep 2009 11:57:17 23,093 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    localnotail wrote:
    controversy is the new art

    It's been like that for quite a while, hasn't it?

    Not enough talent? Go for the shock!

    Indeed. But it seems to have evolved to not actually bothering to create anything but the controversy itself now.


    Which would seem a sensible place to ask how many people might want to go and see the new show Pop Life: Art in a Material World at the Tate Modern from October. The Daily Heil are obviously delighted by the fact that 3 of the rooms have an age restriction on them, due to stuff like a large picture of a naked oiled/damp Brooke Shields (aged 10) but I won't link to them on principle. here is what the Grauniad have to say

    I think this show looks really interesting, although I've seen all the Warhol stuff before. I might even venture down to London Village for it. My business partner is helping to rig Jeff Koons' gigantic inflatable mylar Bunny in Covent Garden as part of this. I'm not sure it's going to fit though.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • jellyhead 30 Sep 2009 12:09:14 24,350 posts
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    Not a patch on the Tunnel of Goats they had at the Craggy Island Fun Fair :)

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  • StringBeanJean 30 Sep 2009 12:13:05 1,777 posts
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    I think I've just found the name for my band
  • Kosumo 30 Sep 2009 12:18:06 80 posts
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    danathjo wrote:
    I thought that this may be about that bit in Irriversable

    Yeah me too, minus points for no Monica Belluci in this story. Also fucked up, still the Punch You In The Face Tunnel, why would you walk down a tunnel called that?
  • Ged42 30 Sep 2009 12:29:18 7,730 posts
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    jellyhead wrote:
    Not a patch on the Tunnel of Goatse they had at the Craggy Island Fun Fair :)

    Kosumo wrote:

    Yeah me too, minus points for no Monica Belluci in this story. Also fucked up, still the Punch You In The Face Tunnel, why would you walk down a tunnel called that?

    Only wearing a motorbike helemet
  • Tonka 30 Sep 2009 12:31:26 20,409 posts
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    I was expecting a thread about criminal architecture.
    This was equally entertaining. What was the name of that artist that impersonated a dog at a gallery. Ran around a bit people.

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • localnotail 30 Sep 2009 12:35:40 23,093 posts
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    That sounds like something Vulva would do, Tonka.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Pirotic Moderator 30 Sep 2009 12:35:48 20,647 posts
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    So he's rebuilding the london underground?
  • BabyJesus 30 Sep 2009 12:46:44 4,412 posts
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    Why don't they just get back to making giant Soup tins?

    Or I suppose they could do some actual art?
  • Ged42 30 Sep 2009 13:16:13 7,730 posts
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    Sometimes I wish I'd gone down the Art route instead of Illustration.

    All you have to do to be an Artist is talk bollocks. It doesn't matter what you paint/sculpt/excrete/punch as long as you can talk sufficient amount of bollocks about it you can make a fortune.
  • Deleted user 30 September 2009 13:19:37
    It all sounds pretty sick if you ask me.
  • Benno 30 Sep 2009 13:25:45 9,897 posts
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    pretty funny :D
  • localnotail 30 Sep 2009 13:28:21 23,093 posts
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    Cheeky, editing your post out!

    Azza12342 wrote:
    But your OK with that, I mean, as long as she consents... right..?

    She's not actually ok with it now apparently - she tried to buy the negatives in the 80s.

    But it was a chaperoned photoshoot, so it's a little different to the whole Polanksi thing

    Price's 1983 image is actually a picture of an image taken in 1975 by artist Gary Cross. In it, a nude ten-year-old Brooke Shields, heavily made-up, stands in a bath staring at the camera.
    Cross's photograph was taken after he hired Shields to be a model, allegedly with her mother's permission. Shields lost a 1981 court battle to purchase back the negatives, with a judge ruling the agreement between Cross and her mother was binding.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Deleted user 30 September 2009 13:30:06
    Yeah sorry, felt bad bringing up an old post (the film director bloke one).

    Its all wrong and messed up IMO!
  • localnotail 30 Sep 2009 13:31:35 23,093 posts
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    don't fret, I can take it. And it's interesting - who owns the rights to photos of children? Apparently it's the parents. Who can sell them to whoever they like.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Carlo 30 Sep 2009 13:43:32 18,058 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    localnotail wrote:
    controversy is the new art

    It's been like that for quite a while, hasn't it?

    Not enough talent? Go for the shock!
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shocker

    PSN ID: Djini

  • iokthemonkey 30 Sep 2009 13:49:07 4,664 posts
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    There was that Italian(?) artist years ago who had that piece where people walked on the wooden floor above the crawlspace he occupied below and masturbated to the sounds of their footsteps.

    And there was the other bizarre one where some chap was in a cone made of newspapers in a room filled with wolves and he had a crook to fight them off/grab the plates of food that were thrown randomly into the room.

    You couldn't make this shit up.

    http://that-figures.blogspot.com/

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