Medium: Performance at F Space, Los Angeles
Date: Nov. 19, 1971
In Burden's own words, "At 7:45 P.M. I was shot in the left arm by a friend. The bullet was a copper jacket .22 long rifle. My friend was standing about fifteen feet from me." Bringing together life and art in a violent way, Burden allowed his body to be sculpted by a bullet. At the time, this quasi-masochistic act was taken as a critique of the Vietnam War, but it also speaks to the role of the artist in society and boundaries between real and fictive experience.