Slavoj Zizek, Lady Gaga Bond Over Union Strike
Not sure how we missed this one, but we're glad we know now: in March, while the UCU lecturer's union was on strike in London, the world's most interesting living Marxist Slavoj Zizek and America's biggest Warholian pop star Lady Gaga became friends. According to the New York Post, they met in Spring during her US tour, and "spent time together discussing feminism and collective human creativity." Gaga appeared at the union rally in support of Zizek, and in March, he wrote a blog post about it:
But what of my good friend Lady Gaga’s theoretical contributions? Certainly, there is a certain performance of theory in her costumes, videos and even (some of) her music. Nina Power has already noted that theinfamous “meat” costume could be seen in reference, indeed, a performance of, Carol J. Adams’s The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, a book that notes the consistent linking in the oppressive imaginary of the patriarchy of the female body and meat, of animality and the feminine. Equally, her moral support for the cause of gay rights in The States has been well documented – in an underrated piece Dan Hancox traced the spidery pathways between her work, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning and the end of the “don’t ask don’t tell”. Gaga’s work as a cultural phenomena has generated its own theory.
Um, bananas. And while admittedly Gaga is not my personal favorite -- most of her music is garbage, her Lower East Side starving artist myth is exaggerated, etc. -- the idea of these two sitting around chatting feminism, performance art, and corporeal provocation is awesome. Read the rest of his post here, and contemplate.
(via Dan Hancox Twitter)