Monday, October 31, 2005

I may not know much about art, but I know my brand of beer.
Artist paid to drink beer and fall over

A Japanese artist has been paid 5,000 of taxpayers' money to drink 48 bottles of beer and then fall off a wooden beam.

The performance, at an arts centre in Cardiff, outraged members of the local council ... However, an arts centre spokesman said: "This wasn't just about a woman drinking a lot of beer. This was a powerful piece of art."...

The three-hour act consisted of Takahashi drinking more and more beer and trying to see how far she could walk across the beam before she fell off.

David Davies, a Conservative member of the Welsh Assembly, said: "If anyone is daft enough to want to see a young woman getting plastered and tottering around in high heels, they can do it in just about every city centre most nights of the week.

"The worrying thing is that people are making decisions to hand out taxpayers' money like this when they are sober."
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At last, a paid job better than mattress testing -- and it gives one entry into the art world as well!

I'm bringing this to America ASAP, and getting my grant applications in now. If Congress can afford $941 million for that Alaskan bridge to nowhere it can surely spring a few grand to support an aspiring urban artist.