Let’s Go Outside

It was quite a spectacular moment in pop music when, in 1998, George Michael spun both the walls of a public lavatory and also the denigrating effects of his charges of ‘lewd behaviour’ to offer an ecstatic al fresco and unapologetic account of getting back to nature. ‘Outside’ and its accompanying music video, directed by Vaughan Arnell, not only raises an extended third finger to organised civil forces but also flirts with such enforcement, parades in their costume and mounts them.

 

Image: Gustave Courbet, L'Origine dy Monde (The Origin of the World), 1866, Oil on canvas, 46 x 55 cm, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France 

 

 

 

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Chantal Faust is an artist and writer. She completed her PhD on scanning and pleasure at the VCA in 2008. Chantal is currently a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art in London, where she oversees the delivery of Critical and Historical Studies for the School of Fine

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