Pee in the Pan just keeps growing. Idiom interviews Ann Liv, the aggressive masturbating artist sparking much of last week’s controversy over P.S.1’s decision to pull the power on Brooklyn is Burning’s suite of performances. A few highlights below.
Idiom: Let's start at the beginning. When did you start performing?
Ann Liv Young: When I was 3.
Idiom: Can you speak a bit more about the evolution of your work towards the more recent, edgier material, as you say? Was there a set of circumstances that inspired this shift?
ALY: For me everything that affects me and or affects the work inspired the shift. The shift is ongoing and continuous. In Melissa is a Bitch — my next big show at DTW — there was masturbation with turtles. The first time the curator saw the dress rehearsal she had a moment where she took me into her office and more or less directly asked for an explanation. I remember saying that I was really interested in the relationship between women and animals — hence me later doing Snow White — she didn't really respond well.
Apparently, the curator later apologized and showed genuine appreciation for her work, convinced by the live performances.
Further into the interview Ann Liv talks about the piece, which frankly sounds like a cross between an ugly fight and performance, the word “art” slapped on for context.