In the name of “art,” gay performance artist Mischa Badasyan plans to have sex with a different man every day for an entire year.
The 26-year-old activist based in Berlin, hopes his project ‘Save the Date’ will challenge ideas of sexuality and homosexuality in the new age of ‘hook-up’ & dating apps like Grindr and Tinder.
According to Mic.com:
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.”
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.”
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