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VIDEO: Berlin Artist Collective the Humping Pact Stages Public Humping Performances

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Public art: So rich in site-specificity, so lacking in pelvic thrusting. Luckily, the Humping Pact is out to change all that. The brainchild of Berlin-based artists Diego Agullo, 32, and Dmitry Paranyushkin, 30, the Humping Pact was conceived in 2011 during a residency at PACT Zollverein center for performance and choreography in Essen, Germany.

Butt Magazine reports that the pair has been taking Europe by storm, staging corporeal interventions in architectural sites (see NSFW video thereof below). These hump-ins are dancerly performance art pieces where 30 odd men rub, gyrate, and otherwise practice frottage all over Europe’s cultural patrimony. As the duo’s artist statement explains, humping a building is the most efficient way to get to know it:

The Humping Pact is a suspended act of affirmative persistence. It is an aesthetic meditation on the human desire to believe in the futile and to conceive the impossible. Our coming together is a tribute to dysfunctional spaces that still emanate creative potential. We attempt to build an intimate and personal relationship with space in the most efficient way, being loyal to its demands and dedicated within our efforts. We want to celebrate the human body that is convulsed by the desire to inspire.

So far, Agullo and Paranyushkin have orchestrated collective humpings in the Palace of Justice in Brussels, a Soviet military base in Latvia, an abandoned coal mine (see below), and the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, among other places. Up next, they plan to “merge” with the Morocco desert, Norwegian fjords, and — hopefully one day — the moon. If Whitmanian bacchanalia-cum-architectural interventions  are your forte, if you like Spencer Tunick but like humping things even more, you can apply to be “a guest humper” by joining the The Humping Pact supporter community.” Here’s a taste of what you’ll be signing up for:

— Chloe Wyma

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  1. God save us(whatever that term means to you, meaning and purpose and peace of soul its true principles) from rampant stupidity and narcissitic exhibitionism of the lemmings.

    Therapy is not art, go get some.

    art collegia delenda est

  2. One correction: all our videos and images have only two bodies. We multiply ourselves. The supporters of the project are invited to make a guestass appearance in some videos, so they are the special singular body among the multiplied many.

    Oh yes and to respond to the commenter above, we never use the pejorative term “art” for our work, therapy is much better yes, and I’m getting it 24×7 ) feels good ))

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