Is Kanye West In The Middle Of A Yuge Performance Art Piece? A Thread Explains.
While I was drinking my morning cup of coffee, I noticed this thread on Twitter that suggests Kanye West is trying his hand at performance art. I read the whole thing and encourage you to do the same.
Is Kanye West holding up a giant mirror for us all to see? Is he hoping the glare of what we see in the mirror will change our thinking in some way?
Brew up something nice to drink. Open your mind to the possibility.
5. So let’s start with the first two images involving David Hammons. After Kanye tweeted these images, Tremaine quote tweeted them with this emoji: ♠️. I believe this is referring to Hammons work which aimed to “turn racist cliches (spade) on its head.” pic.twitter.com/HF0Qaqjcxd— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
6. As for the other two images of Joseph Beuys- the image Kanye tweeted was from an art installation Beuys did in 1974 called I Like America and America Likes Me, where he locked himself into a room with a coyote for 3 days.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
8. I believe Kanye is doing a modern take on Beuys piece with the coyote. He’s embraced what might be considered the coyote of today. Gotten close to it. Trump, Candace Owens, Alt Right. Maybe he sees this as a better chance to “tame” the coyote than more traditional methods.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
10. To me, there are two clues that are most important. The first one is this tweet from Kanye. This picture, posted six days after the others, again shows Beuys, Hammons, and now introduces what appears to be a drawing of Andy Kaufman. pic.twitter.com/Yr26mtdnOe— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
11. Anyone that’s even a little familiar with Andy Kaufman knows that he was a performance artist who would put himself in uncomfortable situations in wide view of the public eye, and rarely, if ever, break character. Check out Man on The Moon or Jim and Andy on Netflix.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
12. So why is this important? 1, it shows that Beuys and Hammons are still on Kanye’s mind. 2, Kanye refers to it as his mood board. 3. Maybe most importantly, he had to purposefully add Andy Kaufman into the picture, but in a somewhat subtle way.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
13. Maybe having a picture or a book on Andy would be too obvious. A rough drawing with only his first name is obviously more subtle. So in this picture you have a performance artist who tamed a wild creature by showing it love and compassion,— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
14. an artist who took a racist symbol (♠️) and flipped it to give it new meaning, and a performance artist who wrestled women, and generally acted insane in the public eye, and rarely broke character.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
16. Maybe I’m reaching here, but I think ♠️ represents the MAGA hat, a symbol of perceived racism. 🤹🏾♂️ could represent Kanye pulling a trick, or maybe juggling a lot of things. 🤠 represents taming the coyote, and 🤼♂️ represents Kaufman.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
18. Another quick note on “The Prestige”- this is something Tremaine has tweeted a few times. He tweeted it 45 minutes after the infamous picture of Kanye in the MAGA hat.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
19. In the movie (idk if it’s true or not) the prestige is the reveal to the illusion. You take an ordinary thing (Kanye’s usual stance) make it something extraordinary (supporting trump) and then the prestige turns it back into something ordinary. Is the album his prestige?— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
21. So my theory is this: Kanye (most likely with help from Tremaine and/or others) is in the middle of a performance art piece. What is the overall goal of it? Idk. Maybe holding a mirror up to the world and forcing us to talk about some things. Maybe the album will explain.— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
22. Or I could be completely wrong and looking way too much into this. But I don’t think I am. Is it such a stretch to think one of the greatest artists of our time (imo) who has had a hand in music, shoes, real estate, fashion, etc, would try his hand in performance art?— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
24. One more thing- this isn’t something we’ve never seen before. A lot of people thought Joaquin Phoenix had lost his mind when he quit acting and started rapping. Remember that Letterman interview? Turns out it was all performance art for I’m Still Here. pic.twitter.com/ZG7as1pw1K— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 2, 2018
Following the definition he said “if we keep on saying I hate, I hate you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, how are we going to get a different result with hate? Why don’t we just try love?”— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 3, 2018
Maybe most importantly he said “I know I disappointed the black community when I wore the hat, but like I just told J Cole on the phone ITS A BIGGER PLAN and I’m just doing what the universe told me.” As I said, Kanye is doing a modern take on I Like America and America Likes Me— Snowcone (@Snowcone965) May 3, 2018