If you thought the Machete Kills trailer was going to be the strangest Lady Gaga news you heard this week, think again — the singer has teamed up with performance artist Marina Abramovic to create "The Abramovic Method Practiced by Lady Gaga," a two-minute long video of the avant-garde singer shouting weird syllables, walking around naked, and cuddling enormous crystals. In other words, just another day in the life of Lady Gaga. We've compiled the five strangest moments from the video below (warning: one is NSFW unless your office is cool with completely naked celebrities):
Gaga, dressed in all white, sing-yells "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" while laying on a floor. It sets the tone for the rest of the video, and gives you some time to prepare yourself.
Gaga, wearing a prison-ish jumpsuit and yellow horns, stands in a river and repeats her weird syllable chant.
Gaga and Abramovic sit back to back on abnormally high chairs, while Gaga's chants play in the background.
Gaga is now naked, blindfolded, and walking with her hands in the air. Okay, then.
We weren't kidding about those crystals. That can't be comfortable.
The video is intended to promote Abramovic's Kickstarter campaign, which is attempting to raise $600,000 to create the Marina Abramovic Institute, an "interdisciplinary performance and education center, home to long durational work and the Abramovic Method." The Method, as shown by Gaga in the video, is "a series of exercises designed to heighten participants' awareness of their physical and mental experience in the present moment."
It seems that the video was filmed back in July, when the women traveled to upstate New York together. It's a miracle either of them even found the time — Abramovic has been busy preparing her Institute and making appearances in Jay Z's "Picasso Baby art piece/music video, and Gaga has been spending time getting ready to release Applause, her upcoming album.
As strange as the "Abramovic Method" video is, though, it's not a surprise that the two artists have collaborated; in July, they both attended a Hamptons' fundraiser, and earlier this week, Gaga participated in a marathon reading of the novel Solaris at a benefit for Abramovic's Institute. Still, the video is their strangest and most extensive collaboration yet, and we can only imagine that it's just a glimpse of more artsy weirdness to come.