Norwegian Conceptual Artist Eats Own Hip Bone

Gray242He’s hipper than hip.

A Norwegian conceptual artist boiled his own hip bone on “a whim” and then ate the flesh with some potato gratin and a glass of wine. According to the artist, the meat tasted like “wild sheep”.

Alexander Selvik Wengshoel, 25,  made his startling claim to Nordlys newspaper at the opening of his graduation show from the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art.

The hip bone was displayed as part of the exhibition, as was a film of the operation to remove it.

Wengshoel told The Local that he spent a year convincing his doctors to let him film his hip replacement operation and then keep the bone. At the time he was a 21-year-old art student doing a foundation course in Oslo.

“I just wanted to use it in my art. I didn’t know at that time that I would boil it and eat it,” he said.  “But it just came really naturally.”

“I had to boil off the meat to get to the bone, and when I started scraping off the meat, I took off a little piece and I thought, ‘why not do it. It’s not every day I will have a piece of human flesh which is mine and which it is possible to eat’, so I had a little taste, and then I thought, ‘that’s really nice’.”

via Norway artist cooked and ate own hip on ‘a whim’ – The Local.

7 Comments on "Norwegian Conceptual Artist Eats Own Hip Bone"

  1. YUCK

  2. Little did everyone know this is part of the plot for the prequel to the Hannibal Lecter movies where he went to art school before deciding to become a psychologist.

  3. Number1Framer | May 26, 2014 at 11:54 pm |

    What a fucking hipster…

  4. InfvoCuernos | May 27, 2014 at 12:09 am |

    Something must have been lost in the translation. It says that the artist claimed it tasted like “wild sheep”, but I think he meant “wild ass”.

    • He also said boiling the bone and scraping the meat off and eating it “just came really naturally.” So yeaaa umm im at a loss for words on this one. Just keep him away from me cuz if I accidentally cut my self or burn my self he is gonna be like a shark smelling blood in the water.

  5. Funny how this story got minimal attention here in Norway. Now, off to torch a church…

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