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Shia LaBeouf Is Stuck in an Elevator— on Purpose

And he's livestreaming the whole thing

(Newser) - Trapped in an elevator for 24 hours with Shia LaBeouf. Sound like the stuff of nightmares? Not for the Oxford students currently lining up to ride the lift with the actor-turned-performance-artist. The Verge reports LaBeouf is spending a full day inside a university elevator, inviting people to ride with him,... More »

Meet the 'Cyborg' Who Feels Every Earthquake

Moon Ribas argues 'sensory extensions' are the way of the future

(Newser) - Choreographer Moon Ribas describes herself as having two heartbeats: "my own heartbeat and the Earth's." She's not exactly speaking metaphorically. Thanks to a small chip grafted into her elbow, Ribas feels vibrations based on seismic readings from around the world. During her performances, dubbed Waiting for ... More »

Meet the 'Artist' Behind Boston's Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson, aka Kayvon Edson, posted strange meme jokes about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

(Newser) - Police have identified the man suspected of planting a fake bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last night, and he is … something else. His name is Kevin Edson, according to the AP . A barefoot Edson approached the finish line last night wearing a black veil over... More »

Protester Nails His Testicles to Red Square

Pyotr Pavlensky makes a painful statement about Russian apathy

(Newser) - Never let it be said that Pyotr Pavlensky isn't committed to his work. The 29-year-old Russian artist stripped naked and then nailed his scrotum to the cobblestone of Moscow's Red Square yesterday afternoon, just outside of the Lenin Mausoleum, the BBC reports. He sat that way for an... More »

Franco's Latest Hobby: Ghost Whisperer

Actor will lead performance art séance

(Newser) - James Franco’s next project is a little weird, even for James Franco . The renaissance man will hold a séance in an attempt to contact dead playwright Tennessee Williams, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Of course, the whole thing is part of a New York City performance art festival... More »

Performance Artist Gives Birth in New York Gallery

Video will be added to an upcoming exhibit

(Newser) - Yep, she went through with it . New York performance artist Marni Kotak gave birth to a healthy baby boy yesterday morning at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, in front of a small crowd of family, friends, and select spectators, the AP reports. "The atmosphere in the... More »

Artist's Next Piece: Giving Birth ... in NYC Gallery

Marni Kotak to have first child in front of anyone who wants to see

(Newser) - This one isn't for the squeamish: Performance artist Marni Kotak's next piece involves her giving birth ... live ... in a Brooklyn gallery. The 36-year-old's "durational performance" runs though Nov. 7 at Microscope Gallery , which the Los Angeles Times reports has been altered to fit Kotak's needs:... More »

Performance Artist to Give Birth Live

She calls it 'The Birth of Baby X'

(Newser) - Audience members may want to bring smelling salts and a few handkerchiefs for this one. A Brooklyn performance artist says she will give birth before a live audience at her new installation, "The Birth of Baby X," the New York Post reports. “I hope that people will... More »

Three Busted in Naked Wall Street Flash Mob

Performance art intended to call for more transparent finance

(Newser) - For five surreal minutes yesterday morning, Wall Street looked like a nudist colony. At 7am, people all along the street whipped off their clothing, as part of a performance art piece called “Ocularpation: Wall Street.” Artist Zefrey Throwell tells the New York Times that the piece was intended... More »

Artists Arrested After Aerial Bridge Stunt

Seanna Sharpe hung from Williamsburg Bridge by silk rope

(Newser) - Two Brooklyn performance artists were arrested last night after staging a dangerous stunt 300 feet above traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge. Aerialist Seanna Sharpe, aided by Savage Skinner, scaled a bridge tower and performed acrobatic flips and stunts for 15 minutes, suspended from the bridge with 90 feet of silk... More »

Casey Affleck Admits Joaquin Phoenix Film Is Fake

It was two years of performance art, he says

(Newser) - And now we know for sure: Casey Affleck tells the New York Times that the "documentary" he made with Joaquin Phoenix is fake. “It’s a terrific performance," he says of Phoenix and his two-year portrayal of a comb-challenged and drug-addled would-be rap star. "It’s... More »

Ghostbusters Fans Take Over NY Library

Improv troupe performs scene based on movie; stunt was library's idea

(Newser) - The ghosts arrive first, and they're barely in their seats when the Ghostbusters show up to chase them out of the reading room at the New York Public Library. Both the Ghostbusters and their prey spread laughter throughout the Fifth Avenue landmark before receiving a round of applause as they... More »

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