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Performance Artist Mischa Badasyan Plans To Have Sex With A Different Guy Every Day for A Year

BadasyanMischa Badasyan plans to have sex with a different man every day for a year in the name of art. The Berlin-based human rights activist turned performance artist is using his body to shed light the intersection of loneliness and desire created by modern hookup culture. Using gay social apps like Grindr and a variety of websites built to connect guys looking for quick flings, Badasyan’s project, “Save The Date,”  wants to explore French philosopher Marc Augé’s concept of “non-places.”

"He was writing about non-places in the big cities; places like supermarkets, shopping malls, airports, motorways,” Badasyan explained to PolicyMic. “[H]e says that people lose their identity, there's no communication, people don't feel a belonging to somewhere and that causes the loneliness of people."

By having anonymous sex in public settings like cruising areas, Badasyan says, he himself will become like a non-place, and reconnect with an aspect of gay male culture that is unique to them:

“Straight people don't have these kind of applications, so many gay chats, in terms of cruising, sex clubs, sex bars, they don't have as many opportunities as gay people."

Sex positive support for Save the Date has been widespread, as Badasyan is using the project as an opportunity to spread the word about safe sex and proper condom use. Save the Date is slated to begin in September.

Watch a performance of Mischa Badasyan’s live action painting The Hole of Glory AFTER THE JUMP...

 

 



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  1. Can someone please tell me why the gay press is covering this idiot? Karen Finlay or Tim Miller he is not.

    Posted by: Caine | Aug 15, 2014 7:04:52 PM


  2. Guess he isn't familiar with Tinder since he thinks gays have a monopoly on casual sex.

    Posted by: Yup | Aug 15, 2014 7:08:48 PM


  3. This makes me want to puke!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Posted by: Paul B. | Aug 15, 2014 7:17:34 PM


  4. Performance art. We're still doing that?

    Posted by: Daniel | Aug 15, 2014 7:24:19 PM


  5. So, he's doing what a lot of people do and calling it art.

    BTW, my dishes need washing. Art!

    Posted by: S. | Aug 15, 2014 7:24:31 PM


  6. That seems safe.

    Posted by: Nora Charles | Aug 15, 2014 7:30:22 PM


  7. "...every day for a year in the name of art."
    LOL - Whatever pretext you need to get your rocks off at the frequency you want buddy...

    Posted by: DryCedar | Aug 15, 2014 7:32:08 PM


  8. Performance artists are so tedious. I did that for years and nobody gave a crap.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Aug 15, 2014 7:41:10 PM


  9. shouldn't a performance artist doing such at least look a little bit attractive

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 15, 2014 7:47:28 PM


  10. Oh, my ex was just doing performance art, why didn't he say so!

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 15, 2014 7:48:42 PM


  11. Nine minutes and 26 seconds of total tedeom. Art? No. Even if it seems to promote awareness of something (AIDs?) this did not do anything to move this viewer to take anything he does seriously. And to think, the video was probably edited from the blisteringly boring full length production. And, you there, the only person applauding in the background, have you consumed enough alcohol to make that good. No how, no way.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 15, 2014 7:55:54 PM


  12. Nine minutes and 26 seconds of total tedeom. Art? No. Even if it seems to promote awareness of something (AIDs?) this did not do anything to move this viewer to take anything he does seriously. And to think, the video was probably edited from the blisteringly boring full length production. And, you there, the only person applauding in the background, have you consumed enough alcohol to make that good. No how, no way.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 15, 2014 7:55:55 PM


  13. Taking Fame Whore to a whole other level...not.

    Posted by: Nate W. | Aug 15, 2014 7:58:20 PM


  14. checking out some of his stuff on you tube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owP1pylI2ik

    his not an artist, he is an idiot

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 15, 2014 8:03:30 PM


  15. "tedeom"

    Is this what America is coming to?

    Posted by: Sergio | Aug 15, 2014 8:06:02 PM


  16. Why is Towleroad covering this guy with no criticism? Towleroad seems to refrain from criticizing anything to do with the sleazy excesses of male homosexuality.

    Time for a wake-up call to Andy Towle. Either you run a serious web site or you don't.

    Posted by: petey | Aug 15, 2014 8:08:42 PM


  17. I wonder if he'll consider HIV art.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Aug 15, 2014 8:13:52 PM


  18. Why is Towleroad allowing anonymous trolls like me to post with reckless abandon? Towleroad seems to refrain from allowing me, Rick, to post under dozens of user names do complain about homosexuality.

    Time for a wake-up call to Andy Towle. Either you run a serious web site or you don't. Get your commenting format stuff together. enough is enough.

    Posted by: Petey | Aug 15, 2014 8:19:12 PM


  19. “[H]e says that people lose their identity"

    What does he mean by identity? What does it mean to lose it? Once those concepts are defined, is the claim actually true? Does everyone lose their identity? What portion of people don't? Is that portion the same under all conditions or does it vary? Under what conditions does it vary and by how much? How does the amount of variance relate to the amount of the change in conditions?

    "there's no communication"

    What does he mean by no? What does he mean by communication? Is the claim actually true?


    "people don't feel a belonging to somewhere"

    What does that mean, and is it true?


    "and that causes the loneliness of people."

    What does that mean, and is it true?

    Please, people, expressing your ideas is not the same as discovering knowledge about the world. If you want to know what causes loneliness, use science. It works. Don't pretend that writing essays or making art, however you define it, uncovers principles of nature. If you think that art is just another way of answering the same questions, then paint a cure for cancer. Double the yield of a crop with a sculpture. Compose a song that erases loneliness.

    Art is great, but please don't pretend it can deliver something that it can't.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 15, 2014 8:27:40 PM


  20. Performance Art?? Is it 1986 already??!!

    This is beyond lame.

    At the least, he could be slightly attractive.

    Snore. Or should I say whore?

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Aug 15, 2014 8:29:09 PM


  21. He's a certified wingnut, and in case it ever comes up, I wouldn't have sex with him if he paid me to and I'm no Brad Pitt, and if my tea leaves don't fail me, he will end up with one or more STDs or HIV. Now that's ART?

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Aug 15, 2014 8:31:59 PM


  22. The axiom, "Art is anything you can get away with" is proven true if this guy can get away with having sex every day based on the notion that it is art.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Aug 15, 2014 9:33:13 PM


  23. what he is doing is definitely art, but that does not mean that all art is good or relevant or needed... the whole idea sounds like an eye-roll, so many people have done similar stuff but better than this, so I'll go out on a limb and say that this art is bad art...

    Posted by: V-8 | Aug 15, 2014 10:01:20 PM


  24. His physician will be the happy one in the end.

    Posted by: Pandion | Aug 15, 2014 10:24:50 PM


  25. art this is not.

    Posted by: jaker | Aug 15, 2014 10:28:32 PM


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