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Turning offense into opportunity

Posted in Culture, Random by Connor Mendenhall on 16 December 2008

From scribbles on the back page of the Wildcat to vagina theatre to chain-link fences to eighteen-foot photos of aborted fetuses, there’s nothing UA students love more than getting offended about facile bullshit. Now, thanks to Swedish performance artist Pål Hollender, irritated undergraduates can channel their offense into something besides scrambling town hall meetings and calling for campuswide re-education: a scholarship application. 

In 2003, Hollender invested 100,000 Krona in a smorgasbord of “unethical” stock picks (think MOD squad meets Larry Flynt). Now, he’s using the profits to award college scholarships on behalf of “The Pål Hollender Foundation for Ethically or Aesthetically Offended Consumers of Culture.” From the aptonymic Art Newspaper:

Hollender’s foundation is itself the work of art, which is owned by the Malmö museum. Physically it consists of 13 boxes, where visitors can post their applications for a scholarship. A text on the wall outlines the foundation’s constitution. The money the scholarship holders receive is intended “to promote insight or further education among cultural consumers with respect to what is commonly thought of as respectable culture”. Applicants must sign a declaration stating that they feel or have felt offended either ethically or aesthetically by culture. 

Hollender’s already handed out the equivalent of $4,000—so if you’re still reeling from the last campus controversy, you’d better act fast. With a little luck, you’ll recoup the cost of a plane ticket to Sweden.

(via BoingBoing)

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  1. lauradonovan said, on 16 December 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I always believed people would find a way to make a career out of getting offended. This is a step in that direction.


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