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

 

 

Comments

  1. Scott says

    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.

  2. Scott says

    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.

  3. petey says

    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.

  4. Petey says

    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.

  5. JJ says

    “[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.

  6. BrokebackBob says

    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?

  7. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    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.

  8. V-8 says

    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…

  9. NICK CHARLES says

    That seems safe.

    POSTED BY: NORA CHARLES | AUG 15, 2014 7:30:22 PM

    Ah, Nora, Nora, Nora. You’ve been hitting the sauce again! It makes you so sarcastic! Just because he won’t be hitting on you! But your wit is dryer than my martini.

  10. BobN says

    Looking at the bright side, this does show that whatever the Germans are doing to encourage assimilation and integration with German culture seems to be working. All he needs is a black turtleneck…

  11. UFFDA says

    God there’re a lot of good lines here among the local wags.

    But PETEY has got it right (the first one, the next PETEY sign-in is KIWI who thinks he has spied RICK again).

    Why doesn’t Andy’s team level some sensible criticism of this jerk? Because they’re pandering to the legion sleazy gays who might be offended by decency.
    Probably. Gah! What a “community”!!!

  12. johnny says

    In other words:

    “Hi, I’m an ‘artist’, but I can’t seem to get any recognition because my regular art is basically lame. So, I’m going to try to somehow create publicity ‘art’ by being what I am naturally: A Whore, then take what is the lowest common behavior of sleazy male whores and go one better: A different guy every day. Then, I’m going to blog, video and create other types of media about my whorishness and see if I can get away with calling it art to the general public.”

    Have we not moved past this kind of crap yet?

  13. Randall says

    The Seventies are over! This is not performance art – it is simple sex addiction – combined with social media. In the end – even if he has sex every day – no one will care. No one will remember.

  14. HighSurfAdvisory says

    Art? Try plagiarism. This man is going to (poorly) imitate my body of work that I have carefully curated over decades. One year of daily hook-ups, using social media? Amateur!

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