New York Artist to Give Birth Before a Live Audience

Marni Kotak, a Brooklyn, New York performance artist, has announced plans to deliver her first child in front of an art gallery crowd, calling giving birth “the highest form of art.”

The New York Post reports that Kotak, who is due in five weeks, plans to have her baby at the Microscope Gallery as part of a larger art piece on childbirth, called “The Birth of Baby X.”  Other parts of the exhibit include videos of audience members at a summer festival, projected onto her pregnant belly.

Kotak says she is prepared for what lies ahead.

“I wouldn’t say that I am scared to do this, because I have a good support team: my midwife, doula and wonderful husband,” Kotak told the Post. “Of course, I am a bit nervous about the whole process of giving birth and having a child, and like every mother, I am hoping that everything goes smoothly. But I am no more worried than I would be if I were having the baby at home or in a hospital.”

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