Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
17 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 NEWS Be N r r r r . B r r J r . Bette wimming t t t Swim Sc ool. www.d wim c ool.co.nz info@d wim c ool.co.nz o p 04 237 1518 3407710AJ To advertise your business in the Kapi-Mana News phone Kylie 237 8118 Flak over sex chair satisfies creator Art or not: Jason Beca and the erotic chair that some people took offence to. Photo: DOMINION POST By TASHA BLACK The chair was built to provoke thought. Raumati artist Jason Beca knew the sex chair he built for Porirua s Pataka Museum was going to create a stir. But what media who covered the story have not picked up on, he said, was that the $100 bills covering the chair, called Alice in Wonderful Land, have the words root of all evil written on them. Money is the root of evil; it s passed around in the seediest places of the world. That s what I have been trying to portray. The chair, which has one cam- era, two monitors and a hole in the seat of bullet-proof glass, caused controversy when Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia took offence at it. Beca said he knew of only a couple of complaints to the museum, but art was contro- versial and an expression of freedom of speech. If you don t like it, you don t have to look at, he said. Everybody has their opinion and I respect that, and if they don t like it, that s it, I m not worried. The more they write into the papers, the news and the TV, they re just fuelling it. They re doing what I designed the piece to do. I just let the comments blow in the wind. The chair, the third he has made -- the others have sold and were a lot less politically correct, he said -- was built to provoke thought. Beca, who grabbed media attention with a Dr Who Tardis bed he made last year, said every- thing was very politically correct these days. I knew that it was going to attract attention, because all the things I do I try and do that. Asked where the idea came from, he replied, just my head . People could make whatever they wanted to make of it. A kid could stand in front of it and be none the wiser. They d just laugh at it and think, Oh, a chair with cameras in it . And then somebody who is a little bit mature could look at it and think, Oh that s interesting, what s this all about? It s still just a chair at the end of the day. Asked if he liked the media attention, Beca said he just liked people to see the finished product. It s just an enjoyable piece. I bet you 99.9 per cent of the people that look at it will just laugh and just think, Yeah, that s pretty cool . Beca said he liked to hop between projects. I don t build sex chairs all day. I just like to build crazy things because that s obviously what the world wants to see. He would say nothing about what s next in line. I m building something at the moment in the garage that will do exactly what the chair has done . . .alittlebitmorePC,morefor the sci-fi boys and girls, he said. They will love it.
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