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  • LOI English Listening Exercise: Getting Shot for Art

    In 1971 U.S. artist Chris Burden filmed himself being shot in the arm with a rifle in front of an audience at an art gallery. It was part of a conceptual art exhibition titled “Shoot.”

    How far would you go to further your art? Would you get shot for your art? Is this crazy? Would you shoot someone for art?

    Answer the questions in comments, and we will correct mistakes.

    1. Who shot him?

    2. How did he come up with the idea for getting shot?

    3. What was the difference between Burden and the other artists?

    4. Chris was thinking about doing a piece where he ____ shot.

    5. He asked me to be the _______.

    6. How did he feel after he was shot by his friend?

    7. Did the police believe his explanation of how he was shot? What was the police opinion?

    8. What were his performance pieces about?

    Notice in Question #4 we use ‘to get shot.’ This verb ‘to shoot’ has some interesting forms grammatically.

    I shoot chickens every day. Active voice

    She shoots the chickens every day. Active voice

    The chickens got shot (by her). Passive voice

    The chickens were shot (by her). Passive voice

    (to shoot=direct action from outside,

    to get shot=recipient of the direct action,

    to be shot=shooting has occurred and you’re now in the wounded state).

    You can watch our video and take our quiz about passive voice.

     In 1971 U.S. artist Chris Burden filmed himself being shot in the arm with a rifle in front of an audience at an art gallery. It was part of a conceptual art exhibition titled “Shoot.”

    How far would you go to further your art? Would you get shot for your art? Is this crazy? Would you shoot someone for art?

    Answer the questions in comments, and we will correct mistakes.

    1. Who shot him?

    2. How did he come up with the idea for getting shot?

    3. What was the difference between Burden and the other artists?

    4. Chris was thinking about doing a piece where he ____ shot.

    5. He asked me to be the _______.

    6. How did he feel after he was shot by his friend?

    7. Did the police believe his explanation of how he was shot? What was the police opinion?

    8. What were his performance pieces about?

    Notice in Question #4 we use ‘to get shot.’ This verb ‘to shoot’ has some interesting forms grammatically.

    I shoot chickens every day. Active voice

    She shoots the chickens every day. Active voice

    The chickens got shot (by her). Passive voice

    The chickens were shot (by her). Passive voice

    (to shoot=direct action from outside,

    to get shot=recipient of the direct action,

    to be shot=shooting has occurred and you’re now in the wounded state).

    You can watch our video and take our quiz about passive voice.