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This “art” performance uses 500 litres of bull blood, and people are FUMING

Blood donations will definitely be needed after this controversial art piece is finished.

European artist Hermann Nitsch is definitely an oddball. If you don’t believe us, check out his latest performative artwork.

Part of his Orgy Mystery Theatre series, his piece entitled 150.Action features the carcass of a bull and 500 litres of blood. Simply put, the bull will be killed (humanely, the organizers claimed), then its remains will be used in this… hands-on installation.

Nitsch’s so-called disciples – or Action participants – are encouraged to wear white and become one with the installation by bathing in blood, butchering the already dead animal, and getting up close and personal with the bull’s guts.

A man tossing a bucket of blood

Suffice to say, the show will be intense and not for the squeamish.

The website for Dark Mofo warned, “Please note: this work contains distressing imagery, nudity and strong adult themes, and is definitely not suitable for children. Parental discretion is strongly advised.”

A man being ganged up

But why do such a vile show? David Walsh, the owner of Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) where the event will be held, has stated that he wants the public to “ponder why meat for food is OK but meat for ritual or entertainment isn’t.”

Animal rights groups, however, are not amused by the planned three-hour show. Animal Liberation Tasmania is calling on local officials to cancel the literal blood bath.

Their petition, which has already received more than 21,000 signatures, reads: “We are opposed to this event, which trivializes the slaughter of animals for human usage, and condemns a sentient being to death in the pursuit of artistic endeavors.”

People bathed in blood

Despite protests and criticisms, Nitsch is adamant in pushing through with the performance.

“I want my work stir up the audience, the participants of my performances,” he told Hyperallergic. “I want to arouse them by the means of sensual intensity and to bring them an understanding of their existence. Intensity is an awakening into being.”

People ganging up on a woman on a cross

Via Huffington Post

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