For a week starting yesterday, Russian art-activist Oleg Mavromati is spending four hours a day hooked up to a DIY electrocution machine, live streaming and allowing online viewers to vote “Innocent” or “Guilty” at 50 cents a pop. 100 votes and he gets the juice.
Since 2000, Mavromati is being criminally investigated for “inciting religious animosity” under Russia’s strange Article 282, an article that helps censor artists, nearly jail curators and almost criminalizes “heresy.” Ten years ago, Mavromati mimicked a crucifiction for a film near a cultural institute. Zealots called him a Satanist. Cops went after him. Fleeing persecution and censorship, he exiled himself to Sofia, Bulgaria, where this action is taking place.
The aim of Ally/Foe is to “to bridge the gap between the accuser and the accused,” to “shed the superfluous specifics of the current criminal system” and create “the most democratic method of punishment or mercy.” You vote. His bare skin gets electroshocked. Or not. It’s all up to “your vote and conscience.” Next round is tomorrow at noon, EST.
Ally/Foe is still a prototype and the electrical charge can maim but not kill, for now. So settle down, you sick fucks.