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Performance Artist Has to Be Rescued after Naked Tree Stunt Goes Wrong

Hilde Krohn Huse is an artist in London. She's in her final year of study at the University for the Creative Arts. Her work has impressed critics so much that she is one of 37 artists selected from thousands of applicants for the prestigious Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition.

To prepare for this exhibition, she decided to journey back to her native Norway. In the woods, she would briefly hang naked, upside down, from a tree limb. This artistic event would be recorded on camera, then displayed to the critical luminaries who attended the exhibition.

Huse needed only a few seconds of footage of herself hanging from a tree naked. But there was a problem: once she got the scene recorded, she found that she couldn't get out of the tree!

Huse hung from that tree for 3 and 1/2 hours before someone heard her screams and rescued her.

This has not deterred Huse, who has turned the footage into a new film called Hanging in the Woods. She explains its meaning:

In the film ‘Hanging in the Woods’ the viewer can witness the breakdown between performance and reality as the indented performance goes wrong and the performer is stuck hanging from the tree without being able to free herself or any visible means of help or escape.

It's very deep. You can watch it here. Content warning: artistic nudity.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


Nice to see Darwin doesn't neglect the artistic community. OK, not this time, but there are just as many artists who are silly arses as anyone else, I suspect.
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She really needed a safer knot. A little technical research can make art work out better. Mastery of one's medium does not detract from artistic creativity, nor does it reduce spontaneity, as some may assert. Instead, it is key to pushing their limits. As it is, her artistic installation was reduced to slapstick comedy . . . with nudity, in my opinion.
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