Great performance art of our time

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Inson Wongsam, from Thailand, who in the Sixties sculpted an elephant out of a block of ice by precision urination.

Pam Meldrum and Eric Wolf, who spent a week in a chicken coop in an art gallery in Ottawa in 1997, living on water and chicken-feed, listening to a recording of the clucking of hens.

Jamy Verheylewegen, the underwater artist, who paints while diving at depths of 120ft.

Joseph Ng, who cut his pubic hair and placed it on a plate while his colleague vomited into a bucket at a shopping centre in Singapore on New Year's Day 1994.

The unnamed couple in Sweden who called their son "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116", claiming the name was "artistic". They were fined pounds 400) for not giving their son a proper name.

Zush, the Spanish conceptual artist who has declared himself the smallest country in the world.

- William Hartston