Joey Skaggs, Celebrity Sperm Bank, 2023
Well-known as a multimedia artist, the practice of Joey Skaggs has for decades involved the successful organization of complex media performances in which he uses the media as his medium, creating elaborate ruses that are reported as news by unsuspecting journalists (including from the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Philadelphia Enquirer, NPR, CNN, etc.) Working alone with volunteer actors, his art is always in service of making commentary about a social issue or condition. Skaggs is one of the originators of the phenomenon known as culture jamming. The featured video is from the series of short documentaries, Joey Skaggs Satire and Art Activism, 1960s to the Present and Beyond, starring the artist with selected materials from his extensive personal archive.
JOEY SKAGGS. Joey Skaggs: Celebrity Sperm Bank, 2023. Digital color video, with sound, 10 min., 36 sec. © Joey Skaggs Archive. Courtesy of the artist.