The age-old question of "what is art" is particularly relevant with the clip above. Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo spends 20 minutes dancing on butter in a piece titled "EXERGIE- Butter dance." Here's the description of this "artful" piece, according to Lilith Studio's YouTube upload:
Melati Suryodarmo (b. in 1969 in Surakarta, Indonesia, lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany) performes EXERGIE- Butter dance, an older piece but shown for the first time at Lilith.
20 blocks of butter in a square on the black dance carpet. Suryodarmo enters the space, dressed in a black tight dress and red high heels. She steps on the pieces of butter. She starts to dance to the sound of indonesian shamanistic drums. She dances and falls, hitting the floor hard, rising, and continuously being on the verge of standing, slipping and falling in the butter. After twenty minutes Suryodarmo rises one last time, covered in butter, and leaves the space.
We'll let the dancing speak for itself.
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