The Birth of Baby X

Marni Kotak birth of baby X

Brooklyn based artist Marni Kotak plans to give birth on stage at Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her piece which includes an installation and video opened Oct 8 and runs until Nov 7. Tickets are being sold for an audience to witness the birth of Kotak’s child on stage.

After “The Birth of Baby X” is complete Kotak plans to move immediately into her piece “Raising Baby X” in which she invites viewers to watch weekly podcasts where she details child rearing. Diet, growth, school, all will be included. Kotak intends to continue the performance throughout the child’s entire life.

It’s an interesting thing, to think of birth as an act of art. And more specifically a performance. The idea to make art of the child’s growth reminds me of Michael Apted’s Seven Up! series that interviewed children aged seven and then again every seven years. In May 2012 the “children” will be interviewed at age 56.

You can visit Kotak’s site, to learn about her past projects. She doesn’t yet have details on “The Birth of Baby X” or “Raising Baby X”.

You can also visit Microscope Gallery’s site, for information on the show, and other exhibits.

[via The Daily What]


3 thoughts on “The Birth of Baby X”

  1. totally agree with everything thunder bob said.

    Either way this kid loses- this seems extremely inconsiderate of the mother, who is assuming that her child will be a carbon copy and share her outlandish conception of art. So he or she could going to grow up thinking that this contrived artist’s perspective is normal, or reject it (as the nonsense it seems to be) and have to battle major privacy issues and learn from her unrealistic concepts of motherhood and humbleness.

    I’m kind of interested in why she announced this to the world before actually doing it- seems like a pretty lofty goal to live up to…maybe she is just trying to get attention, since this whole project is pretty unrealistic.

    screw this lady. I could be wrong, but I’ll take bets that she’s an all-black-wearing, pretentious hipster. And will probably regret her decision when she’s in labor and 300 weird brooklynites are staring at her privates.

    art should not be something you impose on others…your own progeny included.

  2. I’m sure Baby X will grow up to love the lack of privacy. I can’t see them going along with that once they become a teenager or an adult (this is supposed to last the kid’s entire life, right?). Alternatively, I can see Baby X ending up with massive unwarranted self importance and not getting that just because mom thinks their life is special enough to be an art project, most everyone else won’t.

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