Mom Set to Give Birth in Front of Live Audience

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pregnant performance art
Now this is art.
Are pregnant women beautiful? But of course. Glowing? Sometimes. Experiencing a miracle? I would answer that in the affirmative. But creating art? No. Yet Brooklyn artist Marni Kotak (of course it's Brooklyn!!!) is using her pregnancy and imminent birth to create performance art. Or rather, she's going to give birth in a gallery and call it art.

Unless you're planning on selling that work of art, Marni, I'm thinking this is just a good way to get out of paying those hospital bills. By the way, a good baby goes for $15K these days, for any potential collectors.

While it's certainly an inspired idea, Marni, I've gotta tell you: You're going to regret this.

As a fan of wacky performance art and all kinds of other artsy fartsiness, I still think this lady is barking up the wrong tree. Let's say she has an easy birth, her midwife performs admirably, and there are no complications. How is what she does any different than what we watch in childbirth class? Just because her positive pregnancy test is displayed and there's a cute cafe around the corner does not make it a "happening." It's childbirth. It's science. Amazing science, but nature nonetheless. And you're probably not going to want an audience once you experience the "ring of fire."

Additionally, by turning childbirth into art, you're somehow putting it in an unnatural realm. Which it's not. You may feel like your child's birth is the most profound thing in the universe, and it is -- to you. But not to anyone else outside your immediate family. So you should experience it with those closest to you, not a gawking crowd.

Now, if she were going to create a sculpture or set up an installation while in labor or during the quickening, that would be art. But just having a baby? That's life.

Do you think having a baby in a gallery makes it art?

 

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dirti... dirtiekittie

no, i don't think it's art. and personally, i kinda hope she poops a little and has to explain how THAT is "art". haha!

hutch... hutchfam2007

^^^^^lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I think she will regret her choice also. She is going to end up with some sick pregger-files in there who just want to get off watching a woman give birth. I can say that when I was in the pushing stage that I didnt give a shit who was in the room or who saw anything, I was just in the zone.


My hubby is about as honest as they come and trust me, whats goin on down there aint pretty and it certainly aint art!

corri... corrinacs

LOL.......all power to her....but I have a feeling she's going to regret that decision.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I'll bet she got some stupid grant to do this, too, which means that WE are paying for it. *sigh* ridiculous.

Crims... CrimsonRain

It's not art.  It's what millions of humans and animals do every day.  Nothing special or appealing about it.  She could always have had some photographer take photos of the process, add in some funky lighting effects, and display it in a gallery.  That would have been a bit more artsy.

Maria Theresa Evangelista

I don't know if I could do this... but if she wants to - more power to her. Whether or not it is actually art is in the eye of the beholder but it can be an amazing thing to witness. 

nonmember avatar maggie

I feel it depends on how she births. if she's laying on her back then what's the point, just watch any movie where the women is in labor, . But if she is doing a natural, "nontraditional" birth then I think it is fantastic. We need to see more natural births that are beneficial in regard to the positions for the mother and not the doctor. I am excited to see what will happen.

Passi... Passion_of_Fire

Giving birth is not science.. its nature. end of story.  and if this lady wants to make a spectial of herself thats her business.

Tabit... Tabitha1985

"I feel it depends on how she births. if she's laying on her back then what's the point, just watch any movie where the women is in labor, . But if she is doing a natural, "nontraditional" birth then I think it is fantastic. We need to see more natural births that are beneficial in regard to the positions for the mother and not the doctor. I am excited to see what will happen"


 


Will she regret it?  Probably not, when you truely believe in something then making a little bit of a spectical of yourself is a small price to pay to educate thousands...

Juliea Paige CD-dona

As a doula who watches women birth pretty often, I do think that it could be art...but really depending on how she births. If it is a completely mother led birthing experience, and if she is the kind of person completly comfortable with opening up and doing "anything" in front of a crowd - it could be cool. It could certainly give the audience a different perspective on what birth CAN be. BUT, I do think that the people who are going to be attracted to this kind of "show" are already going to be on the Natural Birth bandwagon. Ya dig?

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