A New Performance Art Piece Examines Propaganda Through a Russian Pop Star and Toilets
Amy Chiao’s art installation and performance piece is partially about Vitas, a real-life Russian popera singer who has a large, rabid following in China. Vitas covers Russian and Chinese Communist anthems, and his songs are frequently covered by Chinese musicians. His falsetto can reach otherworldly heights—to Americans, he’s best known for a viral video in which he wears futuristic Lycra and warbles his high-pitched voice like a turkey call. In Chiao’s show, Vitas also inspires the production of weaponized watermelon babies.