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Performance Arts Have Gone Too Far.

“Helena” was a performance exhibition created by Chilean artist Marco Evaristti; this exhibition featured ten white Moulinex Optiblend 2000 mixers filled with live gold-fish. The blenders were visibly plugged in and were ready to use, anyone at the exhibition could press the yellow buttons on the blenders therefore to kill the fish, which made the visitors the judges of life or death.


As time goes by, some visitors actually pressed the yellow button, without any questions these fish became bows of “fish soup.” Even-though Evaristti later stated that he did not in anyway encourage the visitors to kill the fish, but left the decisions to them, many people believe that what Evaristti should have done is not connect the blenders to the electricity. After the incident, other performance artists have argued that even the blenders were not connecting to the power, by pressing the button could still cause similar excitement. Therefore, Evaristti’s “Helena” has gone too far.
Performance art is an excellent way for artists to express their emotions, their understanding of art. Performance art comes in many different styles, and some artists love to paint their bodies, some enjoy to interact with their audiences, then there is Marco Evaristti, a Chilean artist who created an exhibition that involves killing lives. Evaristti’s exhibition made animal rights activists and other artists very upset after few exhibition goers pressed the button on the blenders and killed the fish. Many started to argue that performance art has gone too far, that Evaristti’s exhibition defeats the whole meaning of performance art, artists should have boundaries and not hurt innocent lives, Art should be used to cultivate sentiment.

4 Comments

  1. Safiyah wrote:

    I’ve never heard of such thing before. This is very sad. I understand that the artist didn’t encourage people to “kill the fish”, but why would he put their lives in danger like that?
    I agree that artists should have boundaries, especially when it comes to hurting innocent lives. Poor Fish.

    Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 7:37 am | Permalink
  2. ckim46 wrote:

    I never heard of this until now.. This is.. so morbid and shouldn’t be a thing.. I can’t even consider this as performance art, let alone “art.”

    Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink
  3. sgahr wrote:

    Performance art is just a wide field of artwork an artist can produce, but I can not figure one the conceptual meaning behind this piece of work. There was no need to put alive goldfish into blenders that a terrible life for a fish with a possibility of being blended for entertainment.

    Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
  4. galakeel wrote:

    I think the performance of art has a much different range of disciplines and I see here the student of human behavior. Psychology can help understand human more, but to what extreme that can help?

    Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm | Permalink