A Note from Andy, Artistic Director

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To everybody who has viewed our video of Everybody, to all the lovers and haters and the WTF’ers.

I’m so excited by the fact this video has reached millions of people all over the world, albeit a 2 minute clip from a 2 hour LIVE performance art piece. A piece that explores the one thing that all humans have in common: the human body. Naively simple concept maybe; beautiful, shocking, incredibly complex is what defines the human body and our relationship with it. Children whose parents and guardians allowed them to view this work expressed their joy, fear and innocent curiosity. Poos and wees, penises and vaginas, bums and boobs, we deal with these human body parts and functions multiple times daily and children in particular think it’s hilarious. If you’re wondering, any expression of sexuality is most definitely kept for an adults only audience.

Free the human body and maybe one day everybody can be free.
If you’re interested to understand more about Snuff Puppets, look around our website and check out all our other works. A great place to start is About Us, Manifesto.

Thanks everybody.

Andy Freer

33 Responses to A Note from Andy, Artistic Director

  1. ebone starr June 4, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Simply amazing

  2. Anna Ziganshina June 4, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    Your puppets are disgusting !!! How could you destroy kids’ soul and psycho by this terrible demonstration of human’s natural activities !!! A human body should be examined and exposed only for s professional purpose , not for fun. Shame on you !!!!

    • Sensible August 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

      Piss off Mary Whitehouse.

    • Veronica September 4, 2015 at 2:40 am #

      “human’s natural activities” – Exactly!
      These are NATURAL Anna, we shouldn’t be ashamed of it.

      My parents were very conservative of these things when I was a child, and I grew up with a lot of insecurities with my own body.
      Think of the years of damage you’re doing by making it taboo for a child. Luckily my husband is patient and helped me get over those insecurities.
      I love my body, and I’m not embarrassed by it anymore. It is natural, and normal, just like everyone else.

    • Debra October 24, 2015 at 3:05 am #

      You say it’s for adults,my question is,why do you think adults need to learn about the human body?

  3. phil June 5, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    That special but i completly understand your point and the goal of this works, good job

  4. Roach June 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    You are a hero. I’m not sure if I hallucinated that video or not. Am I awake? Was I ever awake?

    Nothing’s real man

  5. Kae June 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    I’ve been browsing photos and videos and the snuff puppets look incredible. Is really like to see in person but can not find what time shows are on and best times to see – are you able to assist?

    • jodiek June 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

      Hi Kae, So happy you like our work. Sign up to our e-news(at the bottom of this page) to hear about future plans to show this work.

  6. Vicky June 7, 2015 at 2:04 am #

    Hi Mr. Freer,

    I am a junior high school visual art and performing art teacher in Taipei, Taiwan. The moment I viewed the video woke me up immediately that morning before I went to work.
    Without any description of the video, it had explained so much on itself with the kids running around, laughing and even interacting with the giant puppets, or perhaps, giant human parts!
    Thank you for making such a wonderful, inspiring piece. I will make sure our students in Taipei see it and understand how we should embrace and look at our own body with care and respect, and most of all, with no judgments.

    Sincerely,
    Vicky Yen

    • Andy June 9, 2015 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Vicky,
      Thank you for your heartfelt words.
      This is exactly how I wish the work to be viewed and shared.
      Visual and performing arts are such a vital ingredient towards a healthy, open and tolerant society.
      As artists and teachers we must expose the kids and adults to as much as possible and teach everybody to use their imagination and creativity as a way to understand and explain the amazing world we live in.
      With love
      Andy

  7. Jennifer June 9, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    Bravo! I found it really refreshing to watch the clip and see kids playing around squirting boobs and babies. Bodies are natural and awesome, we should stop teaching kids to be ashamed.

  8. Violetta June 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    I guess I would never show this to my children (if I had ones), but I think this is an amazing show for an adult audience. Creepy, grotesque, but absolutely spectacular. I wish I could see the full show in person.

  9. Magsud June 14, 2015 at 12:05 am #

    What the f*ck is wrong with this world?

  10. Jeannine June 15, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    Ok, I will admit that the first time I saw the clip, it was WTF? But, I thought it was beautiful too. Then I read about the concept behind it and I was even more impressed. I only wish I could see it in person. THANK-YOU!!!

  11. Cassandra July 5, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Hello my name is Cassie . Good job on the art piece it makes children realize their bodies but also the birth and hard ships of baby’s

  12. Borman July 11, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    Wait, wait, wait. I can understand a lot of strange and sometimes creepy pieces of art. But WHY for god sake the show starts with broking the skull? I appreciate the idea you’ve written in description. Everybody’s born, Everybody cries, Everybody shits, Everybody dies – cool. But why the subject, the child and other stuff are so creepy and disgusting? Human’s body is perfect (and you write it too)! Well, maybe our internal organs don’t look good, OK, but this body… She or he looks like a zombie. Why?
    Just tell me, please. I really try to understand you.

    Yours respectfully,
    Borman.

  13. Jason July 12, 2015 at 1:40 am #

    Just seen this on clip on facebook, and I’ll admit my first reaction was “what on earth am I watching? This can’t be real” …. and after realizing it was in fact actually happening….. “this is disgusting how can people take their kids to something like that?”

    But after a couple more looks you realize… The kids aren’t grossed out or afraid… They are just innocently playing with all the weird and “gross” puppets and props and not thinking twice about it.

    Pretty much says it all when it comes to how it’s us “adults” as a society and all our hangups that are what makes the human body and its functions “taboo”

    Congrats on creating something unique and thought provoking. You’ve certainly got people talking and that’s never a bad thing.

    • Dawn August 18, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      My sentiments exactly!

  14. Tonya July 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    That is whacked! I am not feeling that ish! But! Freedom of expression and perception right? No way though, do I want my kids looking at this weirdness. Why did you choose ” snuff?” That in itself is trippy man!

    *Shakes head from side to side.*

  15. Jamie July 14, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    It’s interesting, but I don’t understand the value in having the puppets spray the children with “bodily fluids”. That’s just disturbing.

  16. ser gregor July 28, 2015 at 12:55 am #

    What’s really sad is the world seems to accept people being killed in tv or movies as a form of entertainment but the daggers come out if they dare show consenting adults enjoying each other sexually. They’d rather kids see people bleed than breed.

  17. Rick July 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    Hmmm. (And I mean that in a good way.)

  18. Tomer September 8, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    I really like what you do. I think your shows are amazing and that the hater out there just show how twisted our way of thinking as become.
    I remember the old Disney movies, pinocchio was much scarier than this show and still children watched it and enjoyed, bambi’s mom got killed and children watched it and enjoyed.
    In today’s way of thinking of censorship and pc you can’t even show the old the Count puppet from sesame street ’cause some parents decided it is too scary for the kids.
    I think children should be allow to be exposed to all kinds of feelings. Adult go to see movies to get emotional and some of those emotions are fear, sadness, anger, empathy, not just happiness and laughter.
    I think there can be contents that is acceptable for children to watch that let them be exposed to those other emotions.

    Your show mind expose some children to some of those emotions but they seems to quickly get it and start having fun and enjoy the moment.

  19. Christyn September 13, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Your “art” as you call it, is disturbing. You may have gotten millions of views all over the world but have you read the millions of negative comments as well? There are many things wrong and I don’t understand, why is the brick coming down on her head? She obviously cries out in pain too. Why does she look like a dying zombie? Why are there a bunch of unknown crap and organs coming out of her and squirting bodily fluids on everyone? Why does her eyeball come out and start dancing around? Why does at the end, all her organs are in front her dancing around while it looks like she’s really dying? Snuff means to extinguish or put out. If your not talking about snuff tobacco, your probably talking about the other definition, to kill (extinguish). You can cover up your disghusting “art” with a great story, but it doesn’t take away from the reality of what it really is. To each its own, you can bring your kids to this snuff environment, while I teach mine to love their bodies without showing the entire public, like your “art” does. Sure go ahead teach your kids to be open about their body parts, I’d rather do it myself than puppets whose name meaning is to kill.

  20. Jessica September 22, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    Personally, I enjoyed the work. But, I too am curious as to why they are called “snuff” puppets? I have never hidden information from my child and now my fourteen year old son is comfortable talking about subjects such as sex and masturbation. It was my intention from day one to foster that feeling of comfort. Bravo to you for showing the human body from head to toe without shame. But please could you explain the meaning behind naming them something associated with killing? Thank you.

  21. Katt October 1, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    I saw the interview where you state these puppets are for sex and death. To have children there being sprayed by a penis and tiits is so shameful. This is some real pedo shit dude, if it wasnt for the kids getting nut sprayed on them id see the art. Sick fucks

  22. no October 22, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    “Snuff” and “phile| are a very poor choice of words for fans. The grammatical definition should be a person who is obsessed with snuff films. This isn’t something someone should make claim to.

    Artistic wise… Uh, keep up the good work?….

  23. Liz October 24, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    I love this art performance. My immediate response was its an art performance. I am a middle school art teacher and appreciate this work. I think America is so closed minded when it comes to naked bodies and sexuality. I thinks it’s amazing and educational! Thanks to artist that live outside the box!

  24. Confused? October 29, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    I too am a little confused. It was bought up but never addressed in previous comments about why the “play” was started by the woman getting hit in the head with a massive brick and gabe out an agonising yell and then giving birth then loosing all its organs etc while she appears to be dying in the background while all her insides dance around.
    I would like to know the context of the brick

    • jodiek November 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Confused,
      Nothing wrong with a bit of curiosity about the unknown. We love that here at Snuff Puppets.

      Perhaps this will help answer some of your questions: http://snuffpuppets.com/what-we-do/everybody/ but to truly understand the full context of the work, perhaps you would need to see the full show. Stay curious!

  25. rick January 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    Now it all makes sense. The negative comments must come from us Americans because this just wasnt for me. But im not going to bash it like most people have done if you dont like it dont look at it and like we were told as kids if you dont have anything nice to say then dont say anything at all!

  26. misha March 9, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    Simply amazing! I See this defiantly as an artistic expression. You guys should try and come up to Canada some time!

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