How to Set Yourself On Fire
THE IMPOSTER
21
How to Set Yourself On Fire
Performance artist Cassils talks about setting themselves on fire, having their image banned in Germany and making out with Lady Gaga in the Telephone video.
January 11, 2017

Cassils is a performance artist living in Los Angeles. Watch a video about their performance Inextinguishable Fire, in which they set themselves on fire. Here‘s the 1969 Harun Farocki film about napalm that influenced the work.

Here are some images from “Cuts: A Traditional Sculpture” featuring the image that was banned in Germany.

Watch the video for “Telephone”, where Cassils is seen making out with Gaga. Read the article about it in Out Magazine, “Heather Cassils: Lady Gaga’s Prison Yard Girlfriend.”


Music on this episode:

“Move Like a Mystic” by A l l i e. Listen to more of her work on Soundcloud.

“Slipping Away” by Diana (Bad Channels remix). Listen to more of Diana’s work here and more by Bad Channels here.


Please do us a favour and fill out our listener survey. It takes less than 5 minutes and will help us keep making a show that you love.

More from this series
Will Aliya bomb or solve racism with jokes? Find out in this final episode of The Imposter. 
June 30, 2018
In 1986, an album called Keyboard Fantasies was recorded on cassette in Huntsville, Ontario. It was self-released and barely sold any copies. Recently, the album was rediscovered, shining a spotlight on the incredible catalogue of Beverly Glenn-Copeland.
June 20, 2018
The difference between art and entertainment is in the eye of the bureaucrat, and what happens when your punchline is a 15-foot bronze statue of King Edward VII on a horse?
June 1, 2018
"My mentor, who's like this 71-year-old retired pornstar from the 80s — she would always say the best porns come from your own personal sex life"
May 24, 2018
A shoot 'em up game that runs on emotions and an Indigenous island that runs on memory.
May 3, 2018
A hagiography of celebrated publisher Annie Koyama.
April 23, 2018
Improv’s about saying “yes, and...” to everything. It’s about building a limitless environment for playful and absurd moments to surface organically—but when your boundaries are crossed, how do you push back?
April 2, 2018
Saying yes to everything is an excellent approach to improvisation, but it's a terrible idea in life. So what happens when worlds collide?
March 23, 2018
all podcasts arrow All Podcasts
THE IMPOSTER