An artist in Germany who projected images of Grindr chats with real, unsuspecting users, has closed the exhibition early, following complaints and a demonstration of nearly 200 people. Berlin-based artist Dries Verhoeven had been streaming conversations with men onto the side of a building in a busy public square in the city – on the corner of Oranienstrasse and Mariannenstrasse.
The stunt was part of art project ‘Wanna Play’, which sees Mr Verhoeven flirting with men and inviting them to perform non-sexual activities, including making pancakes, playing chess, and helping him shave his beard. .
A Facebook group was set up, and almost 200 people attended a protest against the exhibition. The page was named “Nobody wants to play”, and included the line “this is not art.”