Gunther von Hà¤agen-Dazs

Filed under: Culture Jamming and Reality Hacking, Parody

Reverend Al from The Art of Bleeding and the late Los Angeles Cacophony Society created and presents this:

…bit of corporate chain-yanking and conceptual mashup, churning together the work of master plastinator Gunther von Hagens of Bodyworlds fame and Hà¤agen-Dazs. Everything melts..

“Gunther von Hà¤agen-Dazs”

From The Art of Bleeding website:

The Art of Bleeding is a Los Angeles-based multi-media performance troupe creating comically surreal and potentially educational programs in health and safety for video and live theatrical presentation.

Traveling in an actual ambulance to clubs, galleries, festivals, and other venues, we stage short sketches set in an off-kilter “paramedical funhouse” where costumed kiddy-show characters (an ape, robot, and puppet) mingle freely – if inappropriately – with a staff of “nurses” dressed to thrill the medical fetishist in us all.

Presiding over the fray is “beloved mascot” Abram the Safety Ape, whose coloring-book persona belies more profound duties as acolyte of “True Safety Consciousness,” a concept originating with his namesake, late Austrian theoretician Abram S. Lugner, whose envelope-pushing work we regard as legitimizing underpinnings to our own onstage mélange of petty bickering, snickering burlesque and slapstick gore.

In addition to these scripted shows, Art of Bleeding performers sometimes create interactive environments, collecting together second-hand medical gear to build a temporary “clinic” where “doctors” and “nurses” improvise routines and invite would-be patients to submit to absurd and more-or-less harmless “medical” procedures.