August 8th, 2013
01:00 PM ET
Lady Gaga is willing to get naked for her art.
The singer, who has been recuperating from a nasty hip injury sustained earlier this year, underwent a process called The Abramovic Method that's supposed to help the participant "both perform and observe long durational work."
Under the instruction of performance artist Marina Abramovic, Gaga hums, meditates in water, and then walks through woods wearing nothing but a pair of boots.
Of course, this being Gaga, the experience was captured on camera for the interested (the video is NSFW).
The Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) explains in the video's description that Gaga joined Abramovic in upstate New York last week to participate in the Method, which is a "series of exercises designed to heighten participants' awareness of their physical and mental experience in the present moment."
Abramovic, whom you've also seen show up in JAY Z's "Picasso Baby" performance art film that was filmed from his hours-long performance at the New York's Pace Gallery in July, has launched a Kickstarter fund to further develop the MAI. (The Institute is dedicated to long - read: six hours or more - performances.)
In an interview with New York Magazine's Vulture, the New York artist - who was born in Serbia and began her career in the early '70s - said that she's pleased at the overlap she's seeing between pop culture and performance art.
"For me, it’s very important that the rapper community and the Twitter [community] actually start Googling to understand what performance art is," she said. "It’s really important that I can shift the public from the one field [i.e., pop music] to the arts, which rarely happens." The JAY Z performance, she continued, was a "really very meaningful thing."
Lady Gaga would likely agree, given that her next album is called "ARTPOP." The first single from the record is expected to drop on August 19, ahead of her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25.
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