The Web is buzzing about a Brooklyn, New York-based artist who is bringing the act of childbirth into the art world. Marni Kotak will be transforming Brooklyn's Microscope Gallery into a birthing center for the next five weeks as part of her performance art piece titled "The Birth of Baby X." Kotak giving birth in public is just the beginning. After the birth of her child, Kotak will embark on an 18-year project called "Raising Baby X," where she'll document her child's upbringing until college with weekly video podcasts. The performance artist says, "Giving birth, the greatest expression of life, is the highest form of art." Although she'll share her child's life online, she has a "deep-seated disdain for Facebook," which she says is not an authentic experience (although she has a Facebook page of her own to keep up with friends). Not surprisingly, the Web is split on Kotak's labor of love. Some blogs say that putting her artistic vision ahead of the safety of her baby is child abuse, but others believe art is all about pushing boundaries, and Kotak's doing just that. What do you think of Kotak using her child's birth as performance art? Tell me on Facebook.com/AdrianaDiazNews and Twitter @AdrianaTweeting.
The former bassist of the rock band Weezer was found dead in a Chicago hotel over the weekend, and he may have grimly predicted his own death on Twitter. Just two weeks ago, Mikey Welsh tweeted, "Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend…need to write my will today." He followed that with another tweet that said, "Correction, the weekend after next." So far, no cause of death has been determined but a drug overdose is suspected. The band's official Twitter account tweeted, "We are shocked and saddened to hear the awful news…we love you Mikey." In a 2007 interview, after having a nervous breakdown, Welsh admitted to having bipolar and borderline personality disorder. He then moved to Vermont with his wife and two daughters and devoted himself to painting