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Friday 29 November 2013

Vaginal Knitting: VIDEO - 'The Feed' SBS 2

Knitting. With your vagina.

There's not much else I can say after that… except… watch the clip:

This video is from the SBS show 'The Feed' (awesome show on SBS2 - you must watch it), and you can subscribe to all their videos here.

The description from the vid:

"Art takes many forms, from detailed oil painting to a vagina carved out of soap. But just a warning for the squeamish or the easily offended, this is a period piece and it has some strong themes and ideas that some people may find confronting."

The video is produced by Miles Bence. 

The Feed airs weeknights at 7.30pm on SBS 2. You can also follow them on Twitter at @TheFeedSBS2 or click here, follow them here on their website,  and 'Like' them on Facebook here to stay in the loop.

And now, the vaginal knitter - Casey Jenkins - responds...

"Over the past two weeks, over 3.5m people have watched the YouTube clip shot by SBS2 documenting my 28 day performance piece, Casting Off My Womb, at Darwin’s DVAA. The short clip, which SBS2 titled Vaginal Knitting, gives an overview of the work in which I used skeins of wool lodged in my vaginal tunnel to knit a long passage, marking one full menstrual cycle.
My image and work have been consumed, contemplated and commented on by millions across the globe. It’s interesting then, and gives an insight into the performance’s heart, that all of this electronic crackle and buzz has not altered my identification with it at all. My image and imagery of my work has zipped through minds from Nigeria to Taiwan to Finland yet, in many ways, the personal impact has been less than the dreams of a few friends that I felt marked me more firmly into existence.
The response to the clip was immediate, massive and, for the most part, negative, marked with fear and repulsion. The word "ick" features heavily, as do "eww", "gross" and "whyyyy?". Exclamation points are afforded entire comment boxes, broken only by the odd question mark. Everything comes in for criticism; the menstrual blood used in the work probably cops the most, but viewers have taken swipes at my hair-cut, my eyebrows, my skin, my home-city, my choice of words, my knitting technique and the colour of my shirt. The nature of the response wasn’t unexpected, but the scale of it was and it’s been fascinating to watch."
To read more, click here.

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