Kipping For Culture: Tilda Swinton Invents The Art Diet-Detox

Just when you think Tilda Swinton has done her utmost to blow her public away with an insanely fierce androgyny moment at the David Bowie retrospective in London, she throws us a curve ball in the shape of live art.

On the understated side of drama, this performance-art piece ‘The Maybe’ consists of the Oscar-winning actress sleeping (either pretend or real, or both) in a glass box on a mattress and cushions with nothing but a jug of water.

Tilda originally participated in the piece in London’s Serpentine Gallery in 1995, and has made a come-back at MoMA in New York for who knows when and for how long.

According to a source at the museum, her appearances will be “unannounced, random” and the staff don’t even know when she’ll rock up to kip in the name of cult


I can see this as the next big celebrity-led diet/detox. Locking yourself down in a box in a world-famous gallery, with nothing but water and people staring at you for an entire day.

Tilda Swinton – Living artist, and generator of a global Mexican wave of gay snaps.

Seriously, I would be the yokel tapping on the glass saying hi. I would be restrained and kicked out.

About Aisling O'Connor

Aisling is an Irish fashion, pop culture and lifestyle writer whose work can be seen in Harpers Bazaar, The Atlantic, The Daily Mail and The Independent's Irish edition and many others. With a unique sartorial perspective, she strives to translate high fashion and street style into accessible looks - and savage often ridiculous celebrity stylings as a matter of public service.
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5 Responses to Kipping For Culture: Tilda Swinton Invents The Art Diet-Detox

  1. BOHOMOTH says:

    Ha. I’d be licking the glass.

  2. BOHOMOTH says:

    Maybe we can both go and flash our boobs at her until she moves. Wake momma up, get her to go on the lash with us and tell us everything she knows.

    And in reality maybe we can end up in police cells in the Bronx.

  3. DD says:

    Weird. Just plain weird.

  4. twiggy twiggy says:


  5. Erricka says:

    Oh my gosh!! Shes awesome! Thank God I live in North Jersey. Sounds like I’ll be stalking MoMA this week…

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