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The naked truth: Using art and strip poker to enlighten New York

21 November 2011 Last updated at 01:52 GMT

More than a month before the Occupy Wall Street protests began, visual artist Zefrey Throwell staged a performance art project called "Ocularpation" in Manhattan's financial district.

That stunt, in which 50 people disrobed on the street, saw three people arrested and earned Throwell a consulting role with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Throwell, who considers himself a troublemaker, recently set up a seven-day game of public strip poker as a critique of the United States economy.

Using naked people in performances is his way of attracting attention to his art. But does the medium obstruct the message?