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http://www.artlurker.com/2009/09/the...sheila-zareno/

Seriously, what?

Richard Whitehurst is a Columbus-based artist who made his mark on the Ohio scene by showing at the William Strunk Jr. Museum of Contemporary Art in Akron and internationally regarded galleries such as Alexandria Asheton Gallery and Seward Projects Space. He was the 2006 recipient of an Akron Culture Committee fellowship and has quickly become a seminal figure in the often overshadowed Rustbelt regional art scene, rapidly moving from sculpture and installation to more challenging situational based work that would make Nicolas Bourriaud’s head spin.

In fact, his new controversial work, THE RAPE TUNNEL, which is set to go on view at Columbus’ 4D Gallery on October 30th, has come under fire from Columbus-based feminist groups not to mention, local law enforcement officials. The artist plans to place himself in a room, the only entrance or exit being a 22 ft long plywood tunnel constructed by Whitehurst himself. Then he says that for the duration of the gallery’s opening (from 7:00 p.m. to midnight) he will rape anyone who travels through the tunnel into that room.
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Okay this absolutely cracked me up.... I just can't take this seriously.

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I had my first breakthrough with an installation that was to be the prototype for this current one. It was called THE PUNCH-YOU-IN-THE-FACE TUNNEL. It was the same set-up as THE RAPE TUNNEL except at the end of the tunnel I’d punch the subject in the face instead ( ) of raping him or her. The impetus was completely reactionary to the current state of art, and motivated by pure frustration.

As it turns out, I ended up breaking the nose of the third person to crawl through the tunnel, an aspiring model. She went to the hospital and eventually sued me. Her modeling career was put on hold. The civil case was long and drawn out and the matter still hasn’t been resolved. To this day she still has unpaid medical bills. The point of this long aside is that all this took place two years ago, and I’m still having an impact on this young lady’s life, something not many other artists could claim about their work.

Rape seemed like the next logical step.

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It would seem that what you are proposing to do will not technically constitute rape for the obvious reason that whoever enters into the tunnel is acting of their own free will, therefore making the act consensual. If you aren’t really raping anyone, doesn’t that undermine the credibility of the project?

First of all, I want to make it clear that I plan to make the experience as unpleasant as I possibly can to anyone who dares to crawl through the tunnel. I will try to the best of my ability to make them regret their decision.

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What if a police officer crawls through the tunnel?

Then I will probably go to jail. But before that I’ll try my very best to sexually assault him or her. The tunnel is constructed in such a way that it gets smaller the closer you get to the project room. The bigger you are, the more difficult it is to comfortably crawl out. And trust me, I have a lot of secrets up my sleeve to ensure that I can overpower anyone that comes through the tunnel.



It's obvious to me that anyone who decides to crawl through this tunnel obviously has some deep seeded issues and some serious fantasy/desire to be raped.

It would be interesting to watch and see what types of people (if any) show up.
post #3 of 6
That does not upset me, and Im a feminist.
He is an idiot who thinks sex for the sake of sex is art.
Rape fantasies are common, among both sexes, he thinks he is breaking new ground, well I have to say idiot again.
Anyone who walks through that tunnel is not going to be raped, they will be taken by him through free will.
Rape has nothing to do with sex, it about control and voilence.
Sad little man, trying to be on the parr of Mapethorp, the Piss Jesus, (all had valid statements to be made) and street magicians calling the crowd to them, you are a sham.
Good luck in your rape tunnel , bet a lot of wannabe porn stars wil flock to you.
(or perhaps this is the statement he is making, or, he may just want to get laid)
post #4 of 6
Funny how some of those "rape tunnel" pictures can be found here...

I call hoax.

http://www.geversaircraft.com/wt/wt5x7.htm



Which is too bad because this was a pretty funny idea.
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Originally Posted by Nekomania View Post
Funny how some of those "rape tunnel" pictures can be found here...

I call hoax.

http://www.geversaircraft.com/wt/wt5x7.htm



Which is too bad because this was a pretty funny idea.
Wow, I'm an idiot. My husband IMed the link to me, so I completely took it seriously. I'm too gulliable.
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Originally Posted by kscatlady View Post
Wow, I'm an idiot. My husband IMed the link to me, so I completely took it seriously. I'm too gulliable.
You're not an idiot, I fell for it too!!
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