Lady Gaga appears naked in a strange performance art video inspired by in-vogue artist Marina Abramovic.
The video, titled The Abramovic Method Practiced By Lady Gaga, shows the pop queen is seen shouting at a forest, pressing crystals against her body, and walking fully nude.
For Lady Gaga, the naked video was the result of a three-day retreat at the Marina Abramovic Institute in Upstate New York. On the institute's website, The Abramovic Method is described as a way for artists to better connect with their work and audience.
"The method helps participants to develop skills for observing long durational performances through a series of exercises and environments designed to increase awareness of their physical and mental experience in the moment," the institute notes.
The Abramovic Method seems to suddenly be very popular among musicians. Jay-Z recently took on the "long-durational" aspect of the method, performing the song "Picasso Baby" from his recent album at a posh Manhattan art gallery for six straight hours.
Abramovic herself even joined Jay-Z on stage for part of the performance.
Lady Gaga and Abramovic seem to be quite close. They were seen together at a benefit in the Hamptons in July, and a few days ago Lady Gaga took part in a marathon reading of the science-fiction novel Solaris in a fundraiser for the institute.
Many suspect Lady Gaga's naked video is some sort of publicity stunt for her upcoming album, ARTPOP, which itself seems to have the feel of a student art project. This week one of the album's supposed tracks --- going by "Aura" or "Burqa" --- leaked on the internet, drawing criticism for its bizarre sound and lyrics.
"While it can be appreciated for it's artistic innovation, the complex infusion of EDM, auto tune, an aside of 'sex, dance, art, pop' and an exhausting amount of fake accents leave this listener plainly confused with what she just heard," wrote Billboard.
The Lady Gaga naked video can be seen here.