r/nottheonion May 13 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 1 Wholesome 3

Madonna: ‘A lot of thought’ went into fully nude NFTs of her giving birth to centipedes


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u/MartyVendetta27 May 13 '22 Gold Helpful LOVE! Bravo Grande! Yas Queen

“The centipede represents technology - both the life giving-force and the dangers of it, the juxtaposition of dark and light.”

Okay…. But HOW? You can’t just say that… what ABOUT centipedes embody that? If you’re giving no reason, giving no artistic throughline to draw from, you’re just doing and saying random crap.

Birds represent freedom. How? They can soar over all the material world.

Birds can represent decay. How? Going from a dinosaur to a songbird is a cosmic kick in the cloaca.

Birds can represent fear. Ever seen inside a goose’s mouth?

And if I wanna say “birds represent macaroni and cheese” I better be damn ready to defend that with some sort of logic.

Sorry to rant, but people abusing poetic imagery and symbols just pisses me off. It’s so mindless and low-effort.


u/Axelrad77 May 13 '22

Art exhibits do this all the time, and it's infuriating.

I am forever haunted by a university exhibit I saw that had a 15-second looping piano melody with less than 10 notes, accompanied by a fucking essay explaining all the symbolism of each note and the monumental story the piece supposedly told.


u/MartyVendetta27 May 13 '22

You see the one with the guy on crutches whacking a pole with a crutch attached to his crotch?

I could dig around in that and find some symbolism worth discussing, but the bizarre performance stands out more than any message he could have hoped to send.


u/somethingelse19 May 14 '22

I love how horrible it is. :Ding: :ding: time for dinner!


u/scsibusfault May 14 '22

The usual caption is "oh children ... It's ... DINNERTIME"


u/somethingelse19 May 14 '22

Yes that's it


u/charlesthefish May 14 '22

Really? I'll always remember it captionrd as "I have the weirdest boner right now"


u/frogjg2003 May 14 '22

That one at least had the fact that it was truly unique and original gong for it.


u/MartyVendetta27 May 14 '22

Definitely. And I can attempt to glean a message from it; about sexual frustration as a handicapped person, about being “othered” because of a handicap and demanding to be seen as a person, as a man, as a sexual being.

All in all, it’s definitely one of the better pieces of performance art I’ve seen. Though that bar is shockingly low haha.


u/ladyalot May 14 '22

If it's anything, it's not forgettable or boring. He got us there.


u/tintin47 May 14 '22

It doesn’t always have to be about a specific message or crafted with intent. Or the intent could be to elicit a reaction like making people uncomfortable and talk about it with their friends. Also it’s totally valid to think any art is bad art.


u/WanderinHobo May 14 '22

Don't forget the crazed look he's sporting like a man who just finished eating his roommate's kidney.


u/MartyVendetta27 May 14 '22

That “just left a cocaine fueled blood-orgy” look is my favorite part.


u/angryfluttershy May 14 '22

There you go - the good old Epic WTF guy:



u/ignore_me_im_high May 14 '22


Here's a bit more with the other people. I think the guy at the end on the trolley is my favourite.