Latvian artist Arturs Bērziņš is being investigated over a controversial art piece involving cannibalism. Arturs used two volunteers as performers in his art piece, and went live to stream the show on Facebook to thousands of viewers. The volunteers can be seen sat down on a plinth in the middle of the room, as a man in a forensic white suit cuts strips of meat off their back using a scalpel. There is no anaesthetic of any kind seen in the footage, and the flesh is thrown into a frying pan and cooked as the two people who double as meals watch on. They're then called over to try the dish, and can be seen enjoying the taste of their own meat.
The local police department are understood to have received a number of complaints over the footage, but are struggling to find anything to charge him with as the case is so unusual. The performance was streamed on March 6th from a museum in Riga, the nation's capital, and the actors involved in the performance have been named locally as Karl Zvejnieks, Suura Nettle, PainProTest. It isn't clear at this stage if the flesh was actually cut from the humans or if the whole scene was staged to make an artistic point, staging the show to suggest that 'people would have to resort to cannibalism if they faced extinction'. The premise of the 'Eschatology' show was to highlight what would happen to humanity if global food sources ran out.
'Auto-cannibalism' is the word for.. unsurprisingly.. eating yourself, and cases are fairly commonplace in the animal world. Dogs, bears and even apes are frequently found to have chewed through skin, muscle, tendons and bone, but usually it's in an attempt to get out of a snare or trap set by wily hunters rather than for absolutely no goddamn reason at all. That being said, it's pretty trendy and LA at the moment to cook up your own placenta after delivering your baby, or even getting it powdered and turned into little capsules of your own insides for you to take as pills. The obvious benefit of this method is that it'll last you much longer than one big roasted placenta meal, just a helpful tip for all of you.