Check out this interesting feature article in The New York Times arts section, “Shock Me if you Can”, on the value of shock in performing and visual arts. The Times spoke with playwrights Adam Rapp and Thomas Bradshaw, filmmaker John Waters and PS122’s Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner, among others.

There are a thousand different audiences,” said Vallejo Gantner, the artistic director of Performance Space 122 in the East Village. “At ‘The Book of Mormon’ the shock is all part of the fun. But it’s much harder to shock a downtown theatergoing audience.

What have you seen recently that’s shocking? Do you seek out art and performance that will startle and surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments here.

  • BeginAgain w/ this teaser of @zoejuniper: http://t.co/srAeXPZT7J Jan 14-16 @bacnyc #COIL15

  • BeginAgain w/ this teaser of zoejuniper: http://t.co/srAeXPZT7J Jan 14-16… http://t.co/jXD5p8yXTI

  • RT @theinvisibledog: On to do list today: Donate to @PS122 & @600HWM and book tix for @AmericanRealnes

  • A hallucinatory video teaser is now up: http://t.co/lR2RjCEeDP @theteamplays RooseElvis, Jan 2 - 10 @vineyardtheatre #COIL15

  • RT @FourthArtsBlock: Gearing up for #COIL15!! Can't wait @ps122 http://t.co/zJ38QNH5rv

  • A hallucinatory video teaser of a road trip is now up: http://t.co/lR2RjCEeDP #COIL15 theteamplays… http://t.co/JY9Lk9BWwO

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Another night with the Robots.... @ps122 Run through of ANOTHER #COIL15 premiere... http://t.co/2ktOk5Ld6o

  • RT @DanspaceProject: @faye_driscoll's return is just a few wks away (Jan 6-10)! Enjoy the teaser from @PS122 #COIL15: http://t.co/AXL5K7Z711

  • New teaser for @faye_driscoll's Thank You For Coming: Attendance will blow you away @DanspaceProject http://t.co/1XMPbwCiHA

  • RT @theteamplays: #RoosevElvis January 2-10 only @vineyardtheatre! @PS122 #COIL15 Tickets: http://t.co/nAFjAGaBxY http://t.co/rWyLEIIJCL

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  • Watch. this. now. Video preview of "MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT": http://t.co/RYAqskxnV9 @tdnyc… http://t.co/wZx3QbOKYE

  • .@tdnyc gives us 6 hrs of drifty ambient sounds to raucous punk-inspired anthems all in a sound proof box: http://t.co/uQvXMKb3bR #COIL15

  • RT @WOAHMONE: @PS122 @spinpong BRING YOUR OWN VHS TAPES FOR OUR VCR VJ BONANZA!

  • A semi-NSFW video for a semi-NSFW party curated by @WOAHMONE: http://t.co/w7Y4aLM1KK Jan 11th, 8pm at @spinpong. #pingpong #party

  • The royal family of @ps122. #Friday @ PS122 Greenpoint Offices http://t.co/uuLYhAjkd2

  • PS122 artist Eliot Krimsky glassghost w/ video by our own @alexmreeves. @icravetweets #nycarts @… http://t.co/XCnHaSW1wN

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