Pushing the Limits: 40 Bizarre Art Performances That Will Leave You Speechless 2

11Vermin Love Supreme

Vermin Love Supreme

Vermin Love Supreme is an American performance artist, anarchist, and activist who is known for running as an alternative candidate in various local, state, and national elections in the United States. Supreme is known for wearing a boot-shaped hat and carrying a large toothbrush.

12Art Currency - J.S.G. Boggs

Art Currency - J.S.G. Boggs

S.G. Boggs is a performance artist who draws currency and then trades it for goods, aiming to question what makes money valuable.

13Live Cat Throwing - Voina

Live Cat Throwing - Voina

The Russian performance art collective Voina threw live cats at unsuspecting McDonald's employees in Moscow to "break up the drudgery of workers' routine day" on International Workers' Day in 2007.

14The Artist Is Present - Marina Abramovic

The Artist Is Present - Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovi?'s static and silent performance art piece, The Artist Is Present, lasted for 736 hours and 30 minutes, during which she sat immobile in the museum's atrium and faced 1,545 sitters, including celebrities like James Franco, Björk, Alan Rickman, Jennifer Carpenter, and Lou Reed.

15The Big Lebowski's Maude

The Big Lebowski's Maude

The character of Maude, played by Julianne Moore in The Big Lebowski, was based on two real-life performance artists, Yoko Ono and Carolee Schneemann, who were known for painting canvas while suspended naked on a harness attached to the ceiling in the mid-1970s.

16Meat Joy - Carolee Schneemann

Meat Joy - Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann's Meat Joy was a surreal and visceral performance art piece in which she and her collaborators danced and writhed in piles of raw meat.

17Great Wall Walk - Marina Abramovic and Ulay

Great Wall Walk - Marina Abramovic and Ulay

Marina Abramovic and Ulay's performance art piece, The Great Wall Walk, involved the artists walking the entire length of the Great Wall of China, meeting in the middle to say goodbye to each other and end their personal and professional relationship.

18Dead Hare Performance - Joseph Beuys

Dead Hare Performance - Joseph Beuys

In 1965, Joseph Beuys performed a three-hour art performance piece in which he wandered around the gallery while cradling a dead hare, his face covered in honey, and talked to the animal about his paintings. The public was allowed in after three hours of watching through the windows.

19Google Maps Traffic Jam - Simon Weckert

Google Maps Traffic Jam - Simon Weckert

In 2020, a Berlin-based artist filled a wagon with 99 smartphones, opened Maps navigation on all of them, and slowly pulled the wagon along Berlin streets to trick Google Maps into thinking that an empty street was bursting with traffic.

20Shia Lebouf's Memes

Shia Lebouf's Memes

The Shia LaBeouf memes were part of a performance art piece by Shia LaBeouf and two other artists. This included the "Just Do It" meme, the infamous Paper Bag incident, and an experiment where the three were isolated inside separate cabins with their only means of communication being a video link to a cabin inside Helsinki's Kiasma Museum. Visitors to the museum could speak to the artists via this link, but the trio could only communicate with the visitors by text and not with each other.