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In France I imagine the streets teem with mimes,
passers by for change. In the US street performers are
common, with the usual entertainment being aggressive
panhandlers accosting pedestrians, hopefully besides you.
In countries that are a hybrid of France and the US,
Britain, I propose that a hybrid of the two types of
street entertainment might be
well received. The bum mime will be rumpled and more
than a little scary. He too will interact with pedestrians
via street theater. He would swipe at invisible
beg aggressively from nonexistent passersby, try hard to
remove an invisible item stuck to his body (or possibly
part of his body) and so on. He might wear a
battered bike helmet to better enact pratfalls or fake
tazing episodes. The bum mime might ape a real mime
trying to do his act, imitating the mime in clumsy and
Like a real mime, the bum mime is silent. This is
explained by his tracheostomy, which might be fake.
[pashute, Jun 01 2015]
||I envision the bum mime, hungry, checking his
clothes for something that might be eaten. He
finally locates an invisible object in his coat,
on it and munching. As he does, his one arm
disappears into his sleeve. He is horrified when
discovers this and runs around in grief and terror,
sleeve flapping. Finally by vigorously rubbing the
sleeve in a very questionable manner he gradually
causes it to fill. He recruits the help of a
passerby, possibly an invisible one, and his
obvious attraction to this person causes his sleeve
to fill fully and the hand to reemerge, holding a
||I would dare to guess that a number of starving street people are doing little more than mimeing the acts of survival anyway. Just today I saw a man look into a bin and pull out a second-hand glass of water to drink. This is 100 meters from both a gushing water fountain and a busy, Turkish-style mineral water complex where 1000s get their weekly water supply.
||Well, at least it's not in other:general.
||There are a lot more homeless people on Paris'
streets than mimes. That is, unless they're just
really good mimes.
||// countries that are a hybrid of France and the US, like
Britain // - a bit off-topic but I think of the US as a hybrid of
France and Britain, not the other way round, although I
suppose they might be a three-way opposition.
||/unless they're just really good mimes/
||The problem with Duchamp's urinal is that it was labeled as art, which more or less gives up the game. The bummime keeps you guessing: is this performance art or bizarre and disturbing eccentricity? Can you appreciate it either way?
||What makes you think even the mime knows?
||The conspiratorial winking?
||This is disappointing. I was expecting a mime that
imitated the bums of passers by.