Lady Gaga Calls Vomit-Based SXSW Performance 'Art in Its Purest Form'

London artist Millie Brown vomited paint over the 'Artpop' star during Austin live show.

Lady Gaga Calls Vomit-Based SXSW Performance 'Art in Its Purest Form'
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Lady Gaga has defended her recent SXSW performance, where she was vomited on by a performance artist, saying it was "art in its purest form," NMEnotes.

London artist Millie Brown vomited paint over the "Artpop" star, covering Gaga in luminous green liquid as she played "Swine" at the US festival. Brown then mounted a bucking bronco in the shape of a pig alongside Gaga and simulating sex with the singer until the song's completion.

CNN reports that during Gaga's appearance on NBC's Today show yesterday (March 21), she claimed that her and Brown's stage show displayed the essence of her "Artpop" album, adding that neither performer was surprised by the negative reaction they received from some quarters.

"I guess we weren't completely surprised. [Millie Brown] and I know that not everybody's going to love that performance," Gaga said of the backlash. "But we both really believe in artistic expression and strong identities. I support her and what she does. 'Artpop', my new album, is about bringing art and music together and the spirit of creative rebellion. For us, that performance was art in its purest form. But we totally understand that some people won't be into it."

Brown previously responded to claims from pop star Demi Lovato that the performance glamourised eating disorders, saying, "There's a clear difference between using my body to create something beautiful, to express myself and feel powerful, rather than using it to punish myself and conform to society's standards."

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    benjixoath
    that's cool i'm a fecal artist i woke up and did a shit this morning in my toilet. it's my latest masterpiece its called "last nights dinner in a toilet"
    cyclonus
    Think there should be a limit to what you can call something 'art'. This was worse than a Miley Cyrus performance
    Vicryl 2.0
    nikolairox1
    ALL HONESTY I EXPECTED GG ALENS WEEWEE TOO BE A MONSTER, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH BUT ITS PRETTY TINY. PROBABLY ALL THE DRUGS HE WAS ON MAKING HIS WEEWEE SMALLER
    THarp91
    And people wonder why he was so angry and pissed off at the world... Anybody would be with a package that tiny!
    iommi600
    Considering that art is all about expressing yourself, trying to define what "art" is will most likely lead to circular reasoning. The subjectivity attached to it is one of the things that make art so incredible.
    mathiaes
    I completely agree. But, I do think puke is gross, however, my opinion doesn't devalue the effect that the act had, and the emotions which they were trying to express. I haven't seen the clip myself, so I don't know how 'bad' it is - but I can't discredit the art of the act, simply because I think it's disgusting...there's so much art out there that's disgusting - but that doesn't discredit the art that it is
    DaniArrow
    I didn't see the performance so I can't comment on what she was trying to express. (I bet you half the people here didn't see it either but do just to talk)
    jeretx2
    I can't believe she actually SHOCKED people by all this - It's 2014, people don't get "shocked" anymore. Such a rock star thing to do lmao Good for her.
    pray_003
    So if I take a dump on a copy of Artop is it considered creative criticism?
    salazar
    her goal is to blend music and art together??WTF?! MUSIC IS ART hello! that's just nasty...
    jordo246
    She's running out of crappy gimmicks to keep her in the public eye, the vomiting thing is a publicity stunt and if people are stupid enough to believe it's 'art' then they are more idiotic than I thought.
    PatrickMarc
    There is not a shred of artistic integrity here. Fuck Lady Gaga, **** her fans that will now accept these new lows as the pinnacle of Art. What an awful shame.
    Daniiga
    GG Allin shits on the floor and covers his face with his shit and nobody cares. Someone vomits on Lady Gaga and everybody loses their mind. Seriously what the ****? You can't define art and if someone says "that's art" then it is. Whether you like it or not.People bitch around that all she wants is attention and they're right. The problem is bitching around also gives the attention she's looking for. She doesn't if people are like "Omg such a masterpiece!" or "Fuck this shit you're famous and that's because your art sucks."Whether you like her or not. She did everything right.
    winnetouch
    I do conceptual art work myself and this was not art. It was just shock for shocks sake. Nothing more. It's nothing more than exploiting what GaGa's gimmick is and calling it art. I've seen vomit, piss and other bodily fluids used in art but then it was used in the correct manner. This was just shocking people and had no artistic application whatsoever.
    je1988
    Considering your music sounds like projectile vomiting, I see where you are coming from.
    bit64
    Of course not!Piss is the purest art form,because it has a better flow.