Bashful but nude...
We are pleased to announce that you are cordially invited to get your kit off in the middle of London, sometime in September, with 299 complete strangers, whom you will lay on the floor with while somebody takes a photograph of you. You'll get a print of the shot for your embarrassment, just like those school line-up ones you've got rolled up in the attic, except this is all in the name of art. What am I on about?
Well, controversial photographer, Spencer Tunick, is planning another "large nude performance" in London later this month, sponsored by David Bowie and
"Since 1994, Spencer Tunick has received wide acclaim for his group photographs of hundreds of people lying naked on the ground in public places. He describes these works as performance sculptures through which human bodies form abstract landscapes. Rather than soliciting a confrontational exchange between performers and viewers through a highly stylised composition of naked bodies, Tunick?s naked ?performers? lie in states of passivity which are either haphazard or strictly formal and repetitive.
Last year Spencer won a first amendment lawsuit against the city of New York and was granted permission to stage his large photographic shoots. In May 2001 Tunick received international notoriety when he staged his largest group photographic shoot in Montreal, Canada. Over 2,200 people turned up to participate in the shoot.
For his first UK shoot, Tunick will be looking to enlist over 300 participants. In the tradition of Tunick?s projects of a similar scale, the exact location of the performance will not be disclosed until two weeks before the shoot, which takes place at dawn and lasts for 15 minutes of which the participants will be naked for only 5 minutes. In return for involvement, each participant will receive a special edition print.
?Spencer Tunick ? London? has been made possible by the generous support of Deptford X, Bowieart.com and I-20 Gallery, New York."
It doesn't say here whether David intends to fly over to take part in the shoot or not, but if YOU would like to participate, you must RSVP [ASAP] to firstname.lastname@example.org and the organisers will contact you with date/time/place instructions. In return for posing you will receive a limited edition print of the art event.
BowieNet would love to hear from any member (snigger) that manages to take part in this unique event.