she told me

I wanted to help you so bad

“The Situationist general principles were an attack on the capitalist exploitation and degradation of the life of people, and solution of alternative life experiences, construction of situations, unitary urbanism, psychogeography, with the union of play, freedom and critical thinking.”

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/ewen-chardronnet-the-history-of-unitary-urbanism-and-psychogeography-at-the-turn-of-the-sixties

Atsuko Tanaka, “Electric Dress” (1956) (reconstructed, 1986), enamel paint on light bulbs, electric cords, and control console. Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu.
Atsuko Tanaka, “Electric Dress” (1956) (reconstructed, 1986), enamel paint on light bulbs, electric cords, and control console. Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu.

Gutai performance art- from Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka 1954–1968

by Katie Stone

“Tanaka’s performances often involved experimental clothing. Conceiving of her body as a malleable painting, she would strip and peel layers of different colored fabric off to create shifting formal compositions of color. Most famously, in 1956 she built “Electric Dress,” a sheath of incandescent light bulbs painted in primary hues. Recreated in 1986, it is both grotesque and beautiful. It emits an intense heat, and the cords weave dangerously in and out of the frame like a thousand electric eels. Though Tanaka created a protective armature for her body so that the bulbs stood away from her skin, it is impossible to look at the outfit and not fear the terror of electrocution.”- http://www.brooklynrail.org/2004/10/artseen/electrifying-art-atsuko-tanaka-1954

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