Controversial Art – Spencer Tunick

Click on the pictures to see them full-sized.

“Artist Spencer Tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. Since 1994 he has organized over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the United States and abroad. Tunick’s installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events. The individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one’s views of nudity and privacy. The work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.”

(Spencer Tunick)


Filed under art, everything, photography, public art

3 responses to “Controversial Art – Spencer Tunick

  1. We were there when Spencer Tunik visited Melbourne and about 5000 people turned up on a cold morning at 5am, stripped off and lay around in puddles while Tunik’s right-hand-man screamed ‘Heads down! Heads down!’. A (clothed) railway employee standing guard at Flinder’s St Station succumed to the crowd’s enthusiastic urging – he tore his clothes off and ran in to join us. For anyone interested in attending one of Tunik’s events, our tips are:…good etiquette is to maintain eye-contact (ie: don’t look down!). Also, it can be nippy – have a brunch plan lined up for when you’re clothes are back on. Most of all…enjoy public nudity…afterall, under our clothes, we’re all naked.

  2. Definitely Z, the only problem is that while Melbourne is a reasonably large city, the arts scene is quite small….so people invariably kept running into people they knew…. Awkward 😉 Maybe best enjoyed somewhere you are a stranger in town?! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s