A shocking look at the freedom of choice. Is this art or a masochist’s ego-trip? From RT:
A self-exiled Russian artist is inviting online users to give him electric shocks, sparking fresh outrage from religious groups, who claim he is pitting art against God.
Artist Oleg Mavromatti has just been hit by an electric jolt. This happens every time one hundred people on the Internet vote for him to receive a massive electric shock. Anyone can vote. Oleg will do this every night for a week – or until he is hospitalized.
“This is a test of how society interprets freedom. Do they want to use it to save or kill? This says a lot about our society,” Oleg says.
Mavromattisays his electric shock treatment is symbolic of what he calls the oppression of artists.
Specifically, censorship of art by vocal religious minorities.
Ten years ago, he shot a radical film in which he was authentically crucified. “I am not the Son of God.” said an inscription on his back. A prominent Orthodox Christian youth organization in Russia sued him for inciting religious hatred.
Mavromatti did not wait for the court decision, he fled. He is now living in exile in Bulgaria.
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