Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Conceptual art installation stalking another conceptual art installation

A Miniature Gate in Hot Pursuit of a Miniature Central Park.

Summary — there’s a conceptual art piece being towed around Manhattan called “Floating Island”, described in the article as “a kind of waterborne jewel-box version of Central Park, built on a barge, with live trees and shrubs”. Others artists chased after it with their own conceptual art piece — a replica of a single gate from the Christo and Jeanne-Claude art piece “The Gates” on a motorboat. That’s so clever it hurts.

Reaction or Revolution?

Postmodernist artists have nothing to say… and they will find the most annoyingly bothersome ways not to say it. As a figurative painter with a firm commitment to a new social realism, I’ve long opposed the stranglehold of postmodernism and its attendant philosophy which asserts anything can be art. More...

Improv Everywhere

Performance artists slash pranksters Improv Everywhere are staging a “mission” in Manhattan.

Compassion as Performance Art

Compassion is an extraordinary moral gift. It consists in the ability to be moved by the weal and woe of another in just the right ways. The compassionate person is not overwhelmed with the suffering of another. The suffering in question does not incapacitate her or him. More...

Early Conceptual Art

Conceptual Art, an art form that developed in the mid-1960s, in which the concept takes precedence over the actual object. As American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt notes in a 1969 article, not all ideas for art need to take physical form. More...

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

solo performance art sites

A massive list of solo performance art sites. You do not have to be a member to use it.

“A put-on is not necessarily a put-down. I liken what I do sometimes to a life game, as an adventure in absurdity, an adult fairytale in which I engage people emotionally and intellectually. The audience gets involved and has to decide for itself what's going on and what's to be learned from the experience. Everybody is a participant.”

— Alan Abel

This is a great link where you can read a lot of information about perfomance arts:

Performance arts (defined by Jack Bowman)

When I did my first major performance art piece at the Cleveland Performance Art Festival on April 9, 1993, I handed out a flyer with the performance of Jack's Theorem and the Primal Thought. On this flyer I wrote "The Act is TRUTH. Nothing that was ever recorded is truth. Nothing that was ever said is truth. Only the ACT." This is the best definition that I am aware of for performance art. However, I can list some attributes of Performance Art that are unique to the medium.

1. A performance art piece is unprecedented.
2. It is difficult to censor since it has a good possibility of never being done before.
3. It is usually very current. This means that it is usually relevant of today because of the short time between conception and performance.
4. Performance art can involve the audience with taste, smell and sounds not available with electronic media and not practical with conventional theater. This is due to the usually small audience.
5. Performance art is the ultimate in creativity. Since it has so many possibilities at creativity, it's essence tends to become creativity.
6. Occupies an environment with specific objects and actions for a specific amount of time.
7. The space time restraints of performance art does not allow for elaborate sets/props and cost very little to produce.
8. Performance art can be produced in a coffee house setting.
9. Since the audience is usually small (around 30) the performers can actually give things to the audience, such as food or money.
10. Performance Art is brief, about 15 minutes long. This is a problem in that you cannot get people to come out to watch a 15 minute performance. Therefore, Performance Art Festivals are appropriate in contrast to an individual performance.

The largest Performance Art Festival in North America is the Cleveland Performance Art Festival. You can contact their Web site at:

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