5,200 Australians strip for art’s sake
“There were all shapes and sizes – the large and the small, the young and the old, and even a heavily pregnant woman who had re-scheduled the birth of her twins so she could take part.
But the one thing the 5,200-odd people who posed for the American artist Spencer Tunick at the Sydney Opera House earlier today had in common was that they were all totally naked.
Thousands had gathered just before dawn on Monday, a mild and overcast first day of autumn, to take part in the shoot by the renowned (and controversial) photographer at one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. Titled Mardi Gras: The Base, the shoot was commissioned by Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival.
As the sun rose, Tunick instructed participants – many of who were clapping and cheering to support each other – to do a number of poses on the steps of the famous Sydney landmark, from standing up, lying down, and even embracing cheek to cheek, for over an hour“.
OK, there is something immediate about the human form. We’ve all got one and we tend to like to see other people’s. But is it art? More to the point of this blog, is it IBDP art? If a student submits for part of the final examination photographic or video evidence of a naked or even semi-naked assembly, how would the examiner react?
There is clearly a cultural element in this but leaving that for the moment aside, how would the work fare given the current visual arts assessment descriptors? The examiner has to see the actual artwork, not a record of it.
Do the descriptors need to be adapted? Improved? Re-written?
The lumbering behemoth that is Curriculum Review is a dot on the horizon, but its getting closer with every week that passes.