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Performance by Joseph Beuys, 1978 : Jeder Mensch ein Künstler — Auf dem Weg zur Freiheitsgestalt des sozialen Organismus (Everyone an artist — On the way to the libertarian form of the social organism)
Performance by Joseph Beuys, 1978 : Jeder Mensch ein Künstler — Auf dem Weg zur Freiheitsgestalt des sozialen Organismus
(Everyone an artist — On the way to the libertarian form of the social organism)
The performer speaks and sings. On his chest and face, electrodes record his emotions, altering a live video stream. (Gaspard Buma)
"wie der tod die bilder erklärt" by the Austrian art group kunst/gruppe olga, a remix of a performance of Joseph Beuys
"wie der tod die bilder erklärt" by the Austrian art group kunst/gruppe olga, a remix of a performance of Joseph Beuys

Performance art is art in which the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work. It can happen anywhere, at any time, or for any length of time. Performance art can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body and a relationship between performer and audience. It is opposed to painting or sculpture, for example, where an object constitutes the work. Of course the lines are often blurred. For instance, the work of Survival Research Laboratories is considered by most to be "performance art", yet the performers are actually machines. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... ImageMetadata File history File links GBUMA3. ... ImageMetadata File history File links GBUMA3. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (720 × 1080 pixel, file size: 95 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (720 × 1080 pixel, file size: 95 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... The Bath, a painting by Mary Cassatt (1844–1926). ... For building painting, see painter and decorator. ... A sculpture is a three-dimensional object, which for the purposes of this article is man-made and selected for special recognition as art. ... Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) is an industrial machine performance art group founded by Mark Pauline in November, 1978. ...


Although performance art could be said to include relatively mainstream activities such as theater, dance, music, and circus-related things like fire breathing, juggling, and gymnastics, these are normally instead known as the performing arts. Performance art is a term usually reserved to refer to a kind of usually avant-garde or conceptual art which grew out of the visual arts. For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Dance (from French danser, perhaps from Frankish) generally refers to movement used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. ... // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A man demonstrates his skill at fire breathing 65 fire breathers perform simultaneously at Burning Man 2005 A simple fire breathing torch Fire breathing is the act of creating a large flame by spraying, with ones breath, a flammable liquid upon an open flame. ... Juggling is a form of skillful, often artful, object manipulation. ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... The performing arts are those forms of art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artists own body, face and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs (1965) Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. ... Many times, the term art is used to refer to the visual arts. ...


Performance art, as the term is usually understood, began to be identified in the 1960s with the work of artists such as Yves Klein, Vito Acconci, Hermann Nitsch, Chris Burden, Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell and Allan Kaprow, who coined the term happenings. Western cultural theorists often trace performance art activity back to the beginning of the 20th century. Dada for example, provided a significant progenitor with the unconventional performances of poetry, often at the Cabaret Voltaire, by the likes of Richard Huelsenbeck and Tristan Tzara. However, there are accounts of Renaissance artists putting on public performances that could be said to be early ancestors to modern performance art. Some performance artists point to other traditions, ranging from tribal ritual to sporting events. Performance art activity is not confined to European art traditions; many notable practitioners can be found in the United States, Asia, and Latin America. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Yves Klein (28 April 1928 - 6 June 1962) was a French artist and is considered an important figure in post-war European neo-Dadaism. ... Vito Hannibal Acconci (born January 24, 1940) is a New York-based architect, landscape architect, and installation artist. ... Hermann Nitsch (b. ... Chris Burden during the performance of his 1974 piece Trans-fixed where he was nailed to the hood of a Volkswagen Chris Burden (born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1946) is an American artist. ... Carolee Schneemann (b. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko(ONO Yōko), born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist and musician. ... This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Wolf Vostell was one of the most important German artists after the Second World War. ... Allan Kaprow (August 23, 1927 - April 5, 2006) helped to develop the Environment and Happening in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as their theory. ... A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered as art. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Cover of the first edition of the publication, Dada. ... The Cabaret Voltaire was founded on February 5, 1916 by Hugo Ball in Zürich as a cabaret for artistic and political purposes. ... Richard Huelsenbeck (April 23, 1892 - April 30, 1974) was a poet, writer and drummer born in Frankenau, Germany. ... Tristan Tzara () (April 16, 1896 – December 25, 1963) was a -Romanian poet and essayist. ... The Renaissance (French for rebirth, or Rinascimento in Italian), was a cultural movement in Italy (and in Europe in general) that began in the late Middle Ages, and spanned roughly the 14th through the 17th century. ... A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ...


Roselee Goldberg states in Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present: This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

“Performance has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, as well as shocking audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture. Conversely, public interest in the medium, especially in the 1980s, stems from an apparent desire of that public to gain access to the art world, to be a spectator of its ritual and its distinct community, and to be surprised by the unexpected, always unorthodox presentations that the artists devise. The work may be presented solo or with a group, with lighting, music or visuals made by the performance artist him or herself, or in collaboration, and performed in places ranging from an art gallery or museum to an “alternative space”, a theatre, café, bar or street corner. Unlike theatre, the performer is the artist, seldom a character like an actor, and the content rarely follows a traditional plot or narrative. The performance might be a series of intimate gestures or large-scale visual theatre, lasting from a few minutes to many hours; it might be performed only once or repeated several times, with or without a prepared script, spontaneously improvised, or rehearsed over many months.”

Performance art genres include body art, fluxus, happening, action poetry, and intermedia. Some artists, e.g. the Viennese Actionists and neo-Dadaists, prefer to use the terms live art, "action art", intervention or "manoeuvre" to describe their activities. Complex Kadakali makeup is a form of body art Body art is art made on, with, or consisting of, the human body. ... Fluxus (from to flow) is an art movement noted for the blending of different artistic disciplines, primarily visual art but also music and literature. ... A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered as art. ... Action Poetry is the active use of poetry, often spreading in a community. ... For the hypertext system, see Intermedia (hypertext) Intermedia was a concept employed in the mid-sixties by Fluxus artist Dick Higgins to describe the ineffable, often confusing, inter-disciplinary activities that occur between genres that became prevalent in the 1960s. ... The term Viennese Actionism describes a short and violent movement in 20th century art that can be regarded as part of the many independent efforts of the sixties to develop action art (Fluxus, Happening, Performance, Body Art, etc. ... Neo-Dada is a label applied primarily to the visual arts describing artwork that has similarities in method or intent to earlier Dada artwork. ... Live Art is an art form where an artist makes art in front of an audience. ... An Art intervention is an interaction with a previously existing artwork, audience or venue/space. ...


Notable performance artists

The-Os Entertainment Spectacular! Alan Abel Marina Abramovic Vito Acconci Neutomic Keyboard (members Brother Caine, The Reverend, and Father Francis) damali ayo Laurie Anderson Ron Athey Franko B Wladyslaw Kazmierczak Joseph Beuys Nicole Blackman Black Sun Productions Mark Bloch Blue Man Group Tony Eveready George Brecht Alexander Brener Stuart...

See also

An Art intervention is an interaction with a previously existing artwork, audience or venue/space. ... Installation art uses sculptural materials and other media to modify the way we experience a particular space. ... Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs (1965) Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. ... Busking is the practice of doing live performances in public places to entertain people, usually to solicit donations and tips. ... Fountain by Marcel Duchamp. ... The Gutai group (also spelled Gutaï or Gutaj, but in every case pronounced to rhyme with to tie) was an artistic movement and association of artists founded (according to most sources) by Jiro Yoshihara in Japan in 1954. ...

External links

  • the-artists.org, performance artists and art.
  • [1], ImproperEtiquette.com
  • Momentum, platform for Performance Art, Brussels.
  • Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance at the Tate
  • [2], Body art performance Switzerland.
  • [3] Cristopher Cichocki "Hidden Message" 2007 performance in Los Angeles
  • protoPLAY Artists, Performances. Active Collective - England.
  • Live Art Developement Agency - London, UK
  • Thomas Dreher: Intermedia Art: Performance Art
  • Chelsea Theatre: dedicated performance art venue - London, UK
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