7 Steps to Better Appreciate Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want”
1.) Listen to the Mother Monster’s new track (featuring R. Kelly), "Do What U Want"
2.) Remember that weird video collaboration between Gaga and legendary performance artist Marina Abramović to raise awareness of the “Abramović Method.” You know, the one with the nude crystal-hugging.
4.) Watch Marina Abramović discuss her seminal performance art piece “Rhythm 0” in the video above, and read the description below (from her Wikipedia page):
Rhythm 0, 1974
To test the limits of the relationship between performer and audience, Abramović developed one of her most challenging (and best-known) performances. She assigned a passive role to herself, with the public being the force which would act on her. Abramović placed on a table 72 objects that people were allowed to use (a sign informed them) in any way that they chose. Some of these were objects that could give pleasure, while others could be wielded to inflict pain, or to harm her. Among them were a rose, a feather, honey, a whip, scissors, a scalpel, a gun and a single bullet. For six hours the artist allowed the audience members to manipulate her body and actions.
Initially, members of the audience reacted with caution and modesty, but as time passed (and the artist remained passive) people began to act more aggressively. As Abramović described it later: “What I learned was that… if you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you.” … “I felt really violated: they cut up my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the audience. Everyone ran away, to escape an actual confrontation.”
5.) Be devastated because humans suck. Be humbled because art can reveal this.
6.) Repeat Step #1, and realize that Lady Gaga has actually packaged a layered, challenging critique of the artist/audience relationship in an innocuous sex-jam trifle. (And is that why she got R. Kelly to be on it? I mean as opposed to Drake or The Weeknd or Usher or Frank Ocean or basically ANY R&B SINGER MORE RELEVANT? Was she trying to make the ultimate sex-jam to end all sex-jams?! Alright, probably not. Maybe she just liked “Space Jam” when she was 10.)
7.) Be blown away. Or not. Haters gonna hate.
"And had you watched Ahab’s face that night, you would have thought that in him also two different things were warring. While his one live leg made lively echoes along the deck, every stroke of his dead limb sounded like a coffin tap. On life and death this old man walked. But though the ship so swiftly sped, and though from every eye, like arrows, the eager glances shot, yet the silvery jet was no more seen that night. Every sailor swore he saw it once, but not a second time"
So… can we please stop slapping Reagan’s name on every new street sign we erect, and renaming bodies of water, airports and ships after him?
Stop revising history, it’s time for a reality check. He really wasn’t a very good president, and it’s just getting offensive. Thanks.