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Performance art gone horribly right

Transcending IronyAll of the critics agreed. Hans Feckenbruke’s performance piece, “Transcending Irony: post-post-modern capitalism in the Western World, from the top of the Chrysler Building, as seen from the perspective of consumers on the ground,” was a spectacular — if messy — achievement.

“I’ve never seen an artist commit so completely to his work before. He didn’t even flinch as he approached the pavement,” Filmore Snoot told this photographer.

“It’s a shame he wore those tennis shoes, though. It undercut the whole commentary.”

Alltop is always undercutting their commentary. Thanks to Foxtongue for finding this pic. Originally published March, 2009.


  1. Bravo! I thought the tennis shoes were a perfect touch, with some added commentary on our socially glib culture, manifested in such phenomena as “Casual Fridays”.

  2. ^ really, I took it more as a comment on the publics hero complex and our worship of sports stars as the new heroes. Kind of a ‘we’re all humans inside *splat*’ type of thing, that and the fact that tennis is crap.

  3. You are clearly a deeply disturbed person. I may have to buy and read your book.

  4. Thanks Robert — my new book comes should be available at WorldCon, if you’re going to be there.

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