Francis Alÿs runs straight into a tornado in the name of art. The strange thing is, this wasn’t the first time Alÿs willingly put himself in danger. Alÿs’ video installation is coming to New York’s Museum of Modern Art next year. You can view a clip of the video here. Bloomberg reports:
A man walks into a tornado with a video camera. As the killer winds whip around him and dirt gets in his lungs, he records the experience for posterity.
The man is 50-year-old Francis Alys, a Belgian-born artist. He has plunged into tornadoes in the Mexican countryside several times over 10 years, all in the name of art.
An architect by training, Alys went to Mexico in 1986 to rebuild quake-hit areas and never left. He is known for his films: poetic commentaries on politics, injustice, conflict and, ultimately, the futility of life.
Tall and lanky with long gray hair, Alys dresses like a trendy teenager, pairing baggy trousers with Converse sneakers. Aloof in the way artists can be, he’s late for a lunch with rich patrons, and unfazed about it. He lingers in the gallery, explaining his art to anyone who cares to ask.
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