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Everyone’s a Critic. Or a Performance Artist!

Photo: Lauren McGaughy, The Houston Chronicle

Photo: Lauren McGaughy, The Houston Chronicle

Well, IT happened Saturday: the mock mass shooting near the campus of the University of Texas at Austin that the pro-gun organizers referred to as a “theatrical performance.” Besides inspiring Glasstire’s Christina Rees’ photo essay on guns in art, it inspired some pretty funny counter-protest performance art.

The Houston Chronicle’s Lauren McGaughy was there to report an update to her original article about the event. While cardboard guns were drawn and ketchup spewed earlier than expected (“You don’t get a time and place, you don’t get a flier or an invitation for a true mass shooting. They happen unannounced,” said the lead organizer.), two groups joined together to far outnumber the mass shooting performance artists.

One group planned to hold a “Mass Farting” and another group offered to join in. The “Cocks Not Glocks” group openly carry and wave dildos around (while guns are legal on campus, dildos are in violation of the campus’ obscenity policy). “We’ll find these wackos and follow them around, farting and waving dildos at them,” said the Facebook page for the “Mass Farting” event. “Also feel free to bring signs, other noisemakers, wear costumes, or otherwise prepare to really put a smile on people’s faces.”

For more photos of all the performances, go to McGaughy’s Chronicle article or the Farters and Dildos’ Facebook page.


also by Paula Newton
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