Lady Gaga and Marina Abramovic have teamed up in this video called The Abramovic Method: Practiced By Lady Gaga. The project describes itself as, “Last week at a three-day retreat in upstate New York, Marina instructed Lady Gaga in the Abramovic Method — a series of exercises designed to heighten participants’ awareness of their physical and mental experience in the present moment.”
The idea is to raise money on Kick Starter so that Abramovic can teach these “methods.” The project has already raised $233,546 of the $600,000 goal.
Basically in the video Lady Gaga lies around and chants naked, with horns and in all different kinds of spaces. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Lady Gaga because I like that she’s not afraid to get weird with things. The Fame Monster is my favorite era of her work and I found her most interesting when she was using pop music and her own backstory to construct this kind of thesis and critique of what it means to be famous and to want to be famous. Then I started to feel like she was grasping at straws a little and now I am not sure what any of her “shocking” antics really add up to creatively or ideologically. It all just seems like a collage of other people’s work and saying words that only kids in middle school would think were taboo. Nevertheless, Gaga is ever-changing so I am still open to ARTPOP and future albums since they’ll each probably have their own unique sound and ideas.