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An artist is planning to actually rape anyone who enters his exhibit. He says that it is a continuation of a previous work in which he punched someone in the face.

Obviously this is stirring up controversy, and I have to admit that I think this exhibit crosses the line. What do you think? Should he be allowed to do this under the guise of "art" or is this just the machinations of a sick sociopath?

[http://www.artlurker.com/2009/09/the-rape-tunnel-by-sheila-zareno/]
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Helix-Wing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Its not rape because anyone that goes in the tunnel knows it'll happen, and therefore wants it to. And if you WANT it, its not really rape anymore. By calling it the rape tunnel he has negated the rape, he should have called it the 'sunshine tunnel'.
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RaymansNumberOneFan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Student Writer
This sounds a little questionable. Are you sure it's true?
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J-2-the-Rad Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Its douchebags like this that make artist like us worry about what bounds we can cross. Obviously rape is never ok, even for "animalistic art". Don't get me wrong, I have written scenes for plays or stories where the unspeakable happen, but the beauty about art is there is a layer of obscurity, almost a safey net were the audience is not at risk. This guy needs to go to federal prison and his cell can be his exhibit.
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Exile838 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
where is this happening at, I'd love the chance to beat the living shit out of a rapist. I'd be a masterpeice.
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Warhammer-Fanatic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
First so many posts state that this is not art, and I whole-heartedly agree with them!

It definitely sounds like a hoax.

Questions though arise...

Where is this supposed to take place, so I can actually avoid ever actually stepping to within 50 feet of this thing.

And 2 - Could this really be one big sick publicity stunt?

Personally I am not impressed, as I love art, but this never the way to publicise it.
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bigmanhaywood Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Dudes...the whole thing is fake. It's all a hoax! Read the comments below the article. For example, you'll see where the picture of the "Rape Tunnel" was ripped from.
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rioslobito Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
I think he has created art in itself. I dont think he is going to do it but rather make peope think about. If you see we are talking about him and what he is going to to, but will he do it or did he just want people to see how some artist have gone too far and make a statement. If he warns before you go in you gave consent therefore not being rape therefore you being interested in his "art" and what it was about. He is making you think of the choices you make even though knowing what is about to happen after you have crossed the door or path. Kinda weird but smart in some way. But if he actually does it than he's just sick in the head.
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mudbloodjew Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Student Filmographer
This guy should not be able to interact with the general public. This guy is mad (not like me mad. Im the fun kind of mad. He's mad int eh bad way). Can anyone say "psyc ward"?
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OCimaginator Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
..............HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! This dude whoever he is, IS A FREAKING MORON!!! He's gonna get hauled to jail so fast and.....hey! If he's in jail, he'll be able to see all the 'art' he wants as well as be on the receiving end of it. Bastard will be getting what he'll deserve.
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Mahadma Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Might be fun to watch him try and than to be pounded and taken away :D
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eastsidebebop Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
hmm, this seems to be a hoax, but still, the fact that someone would even JOKE about this is disturbing...

Check it out on Google, there are like zero hits, unless you used the word hoax with your search...


[link]
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warui-shoujo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well I know one thing... this guy isn't going to get as many viewers in the gallery :laughing: I mean... who wants to be raped? no one... if they wanted sex, it would just be casual sex... not rape.
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Missinglink71 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
i say we send some big guys into the tunnel and see what happens when he attempts this "art" of his

sick piece of shit
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JonFreeman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009   Digital Artist
is this seriously a question? o_O


freedom of expression ends when it infringes on other people's natural rights of being.


If he's actually stupid enough to do this (and I'm assuming it's a guy since it seems like a sexual predator) then he'll get arrested, and no court in the country's going to side with his sorry ass as he goes to prison to become the art exhibit of some big guy named Bubba.
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morganagod Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You never know on DA. I'm never quite sure what kind of reaction this kind of a thing is going to get. Sadly, this site has shown me things that were offensive, but got defended, and promoted whereas some things that are not offensive at all are torn down for some arbitrary reason.

In otherwords, yes, I am seriously asking the question.

I'm happy to see that no one has really sided with him. Gives me a slight twinge of hope. (Sure to be crushed soon.)
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:iconjonfreeman:
JonFreeman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009   Digital Artist
... sadly you're 100% right about this site =\
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DaveLuck Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I vote they go grab the biggest, meanest, baddest inmate out of a federal prison, and make him the first visitor.
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AIMASTER Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I think I'm lost. . . uhh, rape is not art?
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annubissl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist
well if by that definition of art he's allowed to violate some poor person with no legal ramifications, then he should be gagged, tortured, mutilated and eventually killed is as slow and painfull a maner as possible. The entrie event should be captured on film, and the perpetrators be allowed to display their "art" in the dead artist's gallery
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SutibaruArt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
You know, I do not think I read anything about Jack-the-Ripper in my art history classes...
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2wingo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
It's only art inasmuch as killing someone is art. Interpret that any way you want.
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kadaeux Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
How about we ALL go to his exhibit and rape HIM, in the name of art of course, and he couldn't bitch as that is exactly what he has stated he'll do to people coming to his!!!! [/Sarcasm]

Sick fuck should be put against the wall and shot.
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ThatOldRobot Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How delightful.

Whenever I start to have faith in people, this kind of stuff always pops up.
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JoshScranton Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very wrong, but id have to agree with those that say if they know this will happen and walk into the exhibit anyway that would be considered consenting to it. BUT if the person doesn't know then it would be rape and he'd definitely be going to prison....and even in prison the other inmates look down on the rapist and molesters.....he'd be screwed
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dinodude0091 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Yup, this dude sounds psychotic and will probably end up in either prison or an asylum.
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Azadeth Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of the sonofabitch who put a mongrel dog on display and let it starve to death in the name of "art."

Problem is, people like to tell you that there is no definition for what art actually is. If you even try to define it in any way, they'll attack you for being close-minded or they'll just turn up their noses and say you're incapable of understanding. Ordinarily I'd be fine with that - let them think what they want. But if "art" delves into the realm of causing actual physical pain and suffering, then we need some fucking boundaries, and fast.

Heh...watch a rapist or murderer use it as a defense in court now: "Your Honor, I did kill all those people and eat their flesh...but it was all just part of my portfolio!"
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silentsketcher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009   Traditional Artist
The latter, absolutely. If this doesn't deem someone as a disturbed, I don't know what does.
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Habbex Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
We had a same controversial art incidence, were a woman play as a mental sick person screaming that she will jump off the brigde. Since suicide is extra sensitive in Sweden it got a little more attention.

Any Rape is rape, it's an act which an other person forcefully has sexual intercourse with you, and can't be consider art. It would be the same if I found and killed an innocent person and crucified him in honor of Jesus.
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Omi-san Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Some people are freaks and should not be allowed to interact with normal society. This man is one such person.
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Battosai16 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Student General Artist
This dude is a one sick fuck!
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zeroxtb Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
guys i'm thinking of committing infanticide

no guys its cool i'm going to draw a picture about it so it's totally okay
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow serious? and he punch some guy before? where can i know more about this douchebag?
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Aeolus06 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
HELL NO!!! Rape is rape! no matter what anyone calls it. :x
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SoulStarisborn Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
to quote a very wise man: "What the fuck is wrong with you people?"
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Garabatoz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I vote for:
machinations of a sick sociopath :o
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Faded2Indie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Student Writer
I fail to see how this could be considered art. His punch in the face tunnel was to elevate his own frustrations and he is quite satisfied with the impact he made in that models life. Similarly, he doesn't deny the fact that he could possibly ruin someone's life with his rash and self centered actions. He seems pretty content with it in fact. To me that is sick. If he has a point to prove, go paint a picture, or in his case, create a wooden sculpture. Rape is never art, it is inhuman, regardless of the fact the people may know about it.
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TeenTitansMan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009   Digital Artist
"...the guise of "art" or is this just the machinations of a sick sociopath?"- Gotta go with the latter there.

There's no excuse for rape. Does it really matter that he thinks he's expressing himself?
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daemon37 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
this is retarded on so many levels
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zeroxtb Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i was going to say this
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DracheaRannak Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009   Digital Artist
It reminds me to this case where a psycho published an online article saying he wanted TO EAT someone. And the worst part: he got LOTS of replies and he even choose who to eat (people even got offended for not being chosen). And so the psycho met the guy and ate him.
The end.
Bottom line: if someone is stupid enough to go... well... as we say in spanish: "is not the pig's fault... the fault is of the one feeding it".
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Iron-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
how could that possibly be art?!
it's not like he's acting out a part in a theatrical play.

where's the creativity?
where's the message.. it's not like someone's going to watch him and go "aww yes, how brilliant sir I do believe you've proved your point,"

"I would like to purchase this piece, it would look lovely displayed in my home"
all he's saying is, "I'm raping this person."

if people pay money to go in there, and knowingly get raped, isn't that like prostitution.

what if in court something like this happens "yes your honor I did kill that woman, and rape those too other people, but I did so to further my art career, so really I'm in the clear"

this is Ridiculous. someone should hit him with a rolled up news paper and tell him NO!
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Vicious713 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaa.. That later sick psychopathic one.
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Niadin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If everyone that enters his exhibit is aware of this, then it isn't rape and his attempt at art fails, if they are not aware that they will be raped for entering this exhibit then it is just a crime and he's going to jail. He's created a paradox.
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GuiltyFlare Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
dude this is sooo wrong, there is art and there is what the hell.
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michiganj24 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
This is just so idiotic and the idiot probaly already knows he will have a good defense as Rape isnt rape if its consensual and that if you entered you are consenting but you know if I was near there I woudl have half a mind to enter just to beat the crap out of the guy although that woudl be a lot of crap
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NewEraOutlaw Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The hell? Is that guy nuts?
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hults2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009   Writer
This guy needs to be brought before a court of law and shown that freedom of speech and expression comes with consequences and limits. If he yelled fire in a crowded theater, it would not be art, despite the pretty red smears on the walls and floors.
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tain669 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I really wish performance artists would not go this far.Nothing wrong with art that shocks but things like this go to far. DeSade pushed the limits and poets and free thinkers like Shelly and Lord Byron live what they wrote. Oscar Wilde was sued for slander and was jailed for such. I don't think free thought should be censored but this I feel has gone way too far
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Supro3D Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a difference between art and calling something art. This isn't art. It's offensive and there is no justification for this man's actions. Why anyone would say any different must be as sick and twisted.
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