In 2008 Schneider caused an uproar by publishing an ad in search of a terminally ill person to be the star of his performance piece. The dying man/woman was to draw his/her last breaths in-gallery surrounded by spectators.
"The head of the German hospice foundation that provides care for the terminally ill, Eugen Brysch, said: ‘This is pure voyeurism and makes a mockery of those who are dying.’
But Schneider argues that death is already undignified and that his aim is to restore its grace.”
Much as I like this piece, both of the above “arguments” are jaw-droppingly asinine. Death isn’t an institution and neither are the dying; and, “his aim is to restore its grace” is about as God-complex an agenda as I’ve ever read.