Performance artist Marni Kotak is about to become a mother and a living art installation all at once. Kotak will give viewers an up-close and personal look at the miracle of life with 'The Birth of Baby X,' in which she will squeeze out a baby Kotak in Brooklyn's Microscope Gallery.
But the fun doesn't stop there. Kotak hopes to continue the performance piece for the next 18 years via podcast with the followup piece 'Raising Baby X,' which will aim to capture motherhood moments from diaper changing to leaving for college. This piece is still in the concept phase. Baby Kotak better have an appreciation for the arts.
Kotak sums up her goal as an artist on her website: "I am most concerned with the question of how one can have and convey a real experience. I believe that our most intriguing performances occur when we are not aware that we are performing." She hopes to create authentic connections between herself and the gallery-goers based on the shared appreciation of human life as the greatest work of art.
As Animal New York illuminated, there is something strange about Kotak's views on performance given her public disdain for Facebook's exhibitionism, claiming in an interview: "My life is for me to experience in an authentic way and not for Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the company's shareholders to make more money from."
At any rate, this isn't Kotak's first highly personal performance piece; she has staged reenactments of losing her virginity, her wedding, her grandfather's funeral, even her own birth. Kotak explained to the New York Post, "real life is the best performance art." She's probably right: asking for money for things you will probably do anyway is a good way to make art.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Microscope Gallery would be "reaching out to collectors, private investors and foundations for their support." In fact, it is Marni Kotak herself who is seeking funding.