Anal plug art ‘Not everyone’s cup of tea,’ adviser says
A month ago Inside Croydon revealed how the Arts Council and Croydon Council jointly provided £ 48,000 of public money in grants for an arts festival that included an act that sought to ‘demystify the anus’ and one in which the artist performed induced incontinence for his performance, and Oliver Lewis, the member of the council cabinet who is supposed to be in charge of the borough’s cultural reputation, ultimately ended his silence on the (fecal) issue.
“The festival has involved more than 70 performances,” New Addington councilor callow said at a town hall meeting last week.
“I can understand that some of this tea was not everyone’s cup of tea.”
It was not clear whether Councilor Lewis was taking a piss or not.
As Inside Croydon revealed, with a report that was followed by newspapers and magazines to once again deserve the nation’s ridiculous advice, the arts festival was hosted by a group calling themselves Tempting Failure.
Arts Council England gave them a grant of £ 38,000, while the council gave them £ 10,000, in addition to allowing them free use of the Town Hall Hall and Braithwaite Halls for performances in July.
The festival featured the work of Joseph Ravens, whose performance was described by the organizers as containing “a series of modified anal plugs… Still sculptural and gracefully schizophrenic, each sex toy will embrace a different mood, from poignant to playful.”
“Actions and objects are designed to delight rather than repel, in an effort to demystify the anus.”
Body artist Arianna Ferrari was also booked for the festival. Describing their work, the festival website said, “After ingesting a quantity of laxatives and diuretics… microphones are attached to the artist’s stomach, detecting sounds from his intestines.”
Lewis, the former ‘leader’ of the Croydon Labor group on the council, more recently acquired the nickname ‘Caddy’, for his taste for a friendly round of golf, possibly with the clique of Tony Newman, Paul Scott and John Wentworth .
For weeks, Lewis declined to comment on the use of public money for the art of anal plug performance.
But at last week’s plenary council meeting, he was finally faced with what passes for scrutiny in Croydon.
In the town hall hall, Dutch-educated Lewis attempted to claim that the performances in question were somehow about mental health and “the expression of an artist on a very important subject of bulimia and anorexia ”.
Which almost makes it look like it’s all worth it.
But there is a problem with Councilor Lewis’s statement.
The state-funded festival program Tempting Failure described in graphic detail the “interactive performance” with “a series of modified butt plugs” by Joseph Raven, and the work of Arianna Ferrari, which took “a quantity of laxatives and diuretics that the interpreter inserts a catheter in their bladder and a tunnel plug in their anus ”.
However, the document makes no mention of mental health, bulimia or anorexia in its descriptions of the two acts.
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