My Heart is Broken, 2001 (video)
British-based, Italian born performance artist Franco B is at the cusp of what both the general public and critics perceive as credible art. The ritualistic mutilation of his own (much tattooed) body is his focus: his infamous live bloodletting performances can be seen as either gruesome self-harm, or passive comment on the role of pain and physicality within art. His aim is to make the unbearable bearable, to create images and movement of beauty out of the grim and unnatural.
“Powering Up/Powering Down” is sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), and the UC San Diego Department of Music in connection with the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Literature at UCSD along with the UC Riverside and Los Angeles campuses.