In July I informed SMM readers of thousands of naked, blue Britions in Because They Can! And They Have Plenty Of Blue Paint… Well, the “artist” behind that work of art has managed to talk about 100 women into being naked–without paint, but with mirrors–at, of all places, the Republican National Convention. And you thought you knew all the important news about that event! NY reports: 

Photographer Spencer Tunick is known for his large-scale art installations, featuring anyone brave enough to shuck their clothes and pose nude in public alongside plenty of strangers. Tunick’s latest project, “Everything She Says Means Everything,” took place Sunday morning outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The installation, which Tunick and his team also documented, featured 100 naked women holding disc-shaped mirrors, designed to “[reflect] the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’ into and onto the convention center, cityscape, and horizon of Cleveland.”

The question is whether or not Tunick’s message will be received by its intended recipients the way it was meant — or, for that matter, at all.

Yes. That’s a very good question indeed, better, perhaps than my initial response of “uh, what?” Or “uh, why?” I’m still not quite sure whether Tunick is trying to make some coherent point, or if he just likes to see lots of nude women lifting their breasts up into the attention position.

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It appears Tunick is not the only groundbreaker about these days, as The Telegraph reports: 

We’re going to keep breaking away from traditional conventions. Firstly contracts, and now clothes, with the NOW TV nudist terrace.’

Visitors will be able to sunbathe in the open air and even have a nude work-out on a provided trampoline.

The naked terrace was opened because a survey found young people today are the ‘No Strings’ generation, not wanting to be tied down like their parents.

A trampoline? Naked people–and their naked parts–bouncing up and down…Ohhh. I get it! At least they’re not pretending to be naked as a means of projecting their knowledge and wisdom at something or other. One has to admire that sort of honesty. But back to Cleveland:

On the other hand, does it really matter?‘s Kate Storey talked to a number of the women involved in the project, and they all had different reasons for being there: some avowedly anti-Trump, and some more on the spectrum of nudity as liberation, or protest in and of itself. One woman said, ‘I’m here because I’m a trans woman and we’re not supposed to like our bodies and I don’t like that. It’s going to be great! I’m very antsy; it’s like Christmas morning.

Uh, OK. I guess. I’m sure the Republicans now know trans women’s bodies are OK–I couldn’t tell which one she was–and they have a greater appreciation for the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of mother nature. I wonder if such things projected onto a “cityscape” violate EPA regulations?



Can’t you just see the interview process:

“Are you willing to stand naked, holding a big mirror, and projecting your knowledge and wisdom at the convention center and the horizon of Cleveland?”

“Oh yes!”

“Are you a progressive?”

“No, I’m an independent.”

“Sorry, you don’t qualify.”

Any poor woman turned down ought to sue for her right to stand naked while holding a mirror. This is still America isn’t it?

Funny; I don’t recall any Christmas morning quite like this, and why doesn’t anything like this ever happen where I am?