Jan 21, 2013

Epileptic fit as ‘performance art’? Sour taste to Callinan set

Is an epileptic fit performance art? And was the whole incident at a weekend Melbourne music festival, the talk of social media today, an elaborate set-up? Crikey attempts to find out.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

An intriguing performance at a Melbourne music festival that purportedly planned to induce an epileptic fit in an apparent sufferer has left punters divided and generated a trail of intrigue on social media.


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4 thoughts on “Epileptic fit as ‘performance art’? Sour taste to Callinan set

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  2. Mike Smith

    … A lot of entertainers come across as appearing to suffer a bad case of Tourettes, anyway.

    (I’m allowed to joke about it, I suffer from Grand Mal) :^)

  3. Lisa Rath

    Hi Andrew
    Have just read your article called ‘Epileptic Fit as Performance Art’ and want to clarify a couple of issues. Firstly, I don’t recall saying to you during our telephone interview that it was a set up. I did, however, express amazement that someone with epilepsy would want to allow an epilepsy seizure to be induced in a performance context. People have seizures induced in hospital epilepsy units as part of a medical assessment but this is very different to what was proposed during the Sugar Mountain festival. Secondly, most people with epilepsy prefer not to be referred to as ‘sufferers’ & ‘victims’, but simply as someone with epilepsy. Lisa Rath, Client Services Manager, Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria

  4. Mike Smith

    @Lisa: The way I feel *after* one, there’s no way I’d consent. I’ve been seizure free 15-20 years (medication) and an scared enough of it that I’m not really interested in finding out if I still need them.

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