Gay Performance Artist Will Have Sex w/ A New Man Every Day For A Year
Beginning in September, the openly gay artist will have sex with a new man every day for a year in the project, "Save The Date."
Badasyan expects to explore the relationship between the culture of hook-ups, loneliness and the idea of "non-places," a concept in the work of French philosopher Marc Auge. "He was writing about non-places in the big cities; places like supermarkets, shopping malls, airports, motorways, and he 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," said Badasyan. "Save the Date" will extrapolate this cold, often corporate sense of loneliness into his sex life, exploring non-places in reality, in interpersonal relationships and on the Internet, the ultimate non-place.
By meeting up with men in places such as parks, Badasyan will explore what happens to sexual interaction when it occurs in a non-place. It's an experience he knows about from the time he spent performing in Glasgow, while simultaneously looking for men: "I would go to [the park] every night and have sex with guys ... until 5 o'clock [or] 6 o'clock in the morning. And I was always … I felt very bad, I was crying all the time. I am always sad after these kind of meetings."
As for the project's ulimate end result, Badasyan speculates:
He wonders what it means for a person to become as amorphous and cold as the locations themselves. "Eventually I'll be like a non-place," he said. "so it'll be like a supermarket. I'll go on the date and then I'll go back." Becoming a non-place, as disconnected from reality as an airport is from a city center, exposes something interesting about loneliness: Badasyan may meet somebody every day, but that doesn't mean he doesn't feel alone.
It's certainly a risky endeavor--both from a physical and emotional stand point. Badasyan acknowledges that he himself is at risk of becoming a "non-place" over the course of the year. Sounds lonely.
Also, for the record, Badasyan maintains he'll be taking precautions with regards to his sexual health.
An HIV organization is supplying Badasyan with condoms, and his previous work as an activist for HIV and AIDS organisations is influencing his work. "It's kind of a social project," he said. "I'm going to be promoting safer sex."
What's your take on "Save The Date," Instincters?
(H/T: The Gaily Grind)