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"Free Tibet" finds space in Italian artist's scream of protest

May 19, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley
May 18, 2009

Dharamsala, May 18 -- Paola Pivi, an Italian
performance artist, is lining up 1,000 volunteers
to take part in a real-life, simultaneous howl of
protest at Tate Modern in London.

While some participants will shout to free Tibet
from Chinese rule, others may simply wish to
scream as loudly as they can, the Sunday Times reported.

The Italian artist, who lives in Alaska, has so
far found 700 recruits for the performance
entitled "1,000," which will take place next Monday (May 25) at 5pm, it said.

The volunteers, recruited from charities,
community groups and campaign organisations,
including Free Tibet, will congregate on a
walkway 25ft above the floor of the gallery’s
Turbine Hall to scream once in unison, the report said.

"I liked the notion of all these different people
coming together to perform something completely
unrehearsed," the newspaper quoted Pivi as saying.

Pivi reportedly said her performance was not
intended "to startle anyone" and did not have any "specific meaning."

She maintained it was part of a four-day festival
of public art at the London museum, starting on Friday.

To take part in the event, email
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