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Occasionally it seems there might be some kind of counter-performance art organisation, one that actively does everything it can to bring performance art into disrepute. A bit like SPECTRE from the James Bond books and films. As suggested by their acronym Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, SPECTRE mainly just wants to instigate conflict and benefit from the chaos that ensues. I propose that there is a secret organisation called SPESPA (Special Executive for Shit Performance Art) and it exists solely to make the general public think all performance artists are twats.

This week’s covert SPESPA operative bent upon ruining live art’s reputation is Chinese performance artist (and “former television presenter”, which gives you some idea of his likely intellect) Ou Zihang, who has been doing push-ups in the nude at the sites of recent terrorist attacks in Paris. No surprise that he’s a fellow traveller of…

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AGArtBTheatrePlease join me in London at Schei$e Kunst Klub on Thursday 14th November (a week from today) for some all new live performances of the worst artist statements, gallery press releases and art criticism in Artbollocks Theatre. Schei$e Kunst Klub is a new, regular evening of bad art and excellent cabaret. From November I’ll be there every month with dramatic readings of the most terrible art writing I can find… which is a depressingly easy thing to do, by the way. Also featuring:

The Gentrification Suite by Giuseppe Marinetti, Deficit Toilet by Jamie McCartney, I’m a F**king Snowflake by Aniela Czajewska, Photobooth Anthropology by the Two Sophies, Primart® by Dogged Films, How to Make it as an Artist by The Centre, and continual interventions from The Gross Domestic Police. You could also win a one-way trip to Berlin.

Time and place:

Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-44 Pollard Row…

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