Mischa Badasyan has a very busy year ahead of him. The 26-year-old performance artist plans to have sex with a different man, every day, for the next 365 days beginning in September. That’s the idea behind his latest project, “Save the Date.”
“It’s going to be my most sophisticated and dangerous work of art, in terms of mental health,” Badasyan says. “So, yes, it’s going to be pretty hard — and to be honest, I’m a little bit scared.”
Badasyan says he hopes to explore the connection between loneliness, hook-ups, and the idea of “non-places,” a phrase coined by French philosopher Marc Auge that Badasyan explains refers to “supermarkets, shopping malls, airports, motorways … [where] people lose their identity, there’s no communication, people don’t feel a belonging to somewhere and that causes the loneliness of people.”
He plans on measuring his levels of loneliness, despite meeting and being intimate with a new person every day for a year, through photographs and video diaries, as well as by building a sculpture from items he collects from his liaisons.
“Collecting 365 pieces of each guy will help me to create a collective installation body and make all of the non-places into a place,” he explains.
“I don’t deny that it’s a bit egoistic,” Badasyan adds. “It’s OK. It’s performance art, and a performance artist should always be pushing his own body and the performance. The whole idea, why it’s art, why it’s a performance, is the process — the process of finding someone.”
Interested in participating in Badasyan’s project? Too bad. He is only having sex with men who do not know what he’s doing.
“I’m not going to tell my dates about this project,” he says. “What if I tell you I just had sex with you for an art project? People won’t like that. It’s horrible, actually.”