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An Artful Chuckle from NYC

Thanks to Howlin’ Hobbit of Ukulele and All That Jazz, I laughed a bit as I was trying to get my day started. Quite a bit, actually.

There is a website called Improv Everywhere which I’d never heard of before. I can’t speak about Improv Everywhere other than this one project I just checked out. I’m guessing I would not be all wrong to say they create performance art events. This is what their website says:

Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.

Apparently in NYC, the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store has a shirtless store greeter, a model at the front door. They also use “well-sculpted” shirtless men in their promo images (I don’t watch TV or shop at malls, and mostly stay out of the “cool” media stuff so I did not know their shirtless image until I came across this event).

Well, Improv Everywhere assembled 111 guys in NYC (mid-October 2007) who were willing to take their shirts off in public. They went to the Abercrombie and Fitch store and at a particular time they all took their shirts off, and went around the store shopping for shirts.

In the end they were told they had to leave. Two shirtless guys attempting to buy $45 shirts were forced to leave before their purchases were completed.

Of course, management and security didn’t enjoy the event, but apparently at least a few of the employees enjoyed it quite a bit. The shirtless guys had quite an experience as well. This could perhaps have been predicted.

On this blog I talk about art being a much broader thing than paintings in frames on the wall at a museum. In this case, it was performance art/improv. I found it very funny.

If it sounds amusing or interesting to you, check out the link to No Shirts at Improv Everywhere and check it out yourself. There are several videos which make the concept more real (I do not enjoy videos as a rule, yet I am very happy I watched them all)… and there are a few flickr photo sets you can view as well.

Or not. This one is guaranteed to only intrigue a percentage of you. It made me laugh out loud enough times that it was worth blogging.

Yes, I’m still knitting… the first ribbed legwarmer. It’s long enough to be a normal one but I want it to be really really long… so I’m still knitting. I did not seam anything yesterday, though. Sigh…

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