Performance Art

performance art

noun

an art form that combines visual art with dramatic performance.

Performance art dates back to the 20th century around 1960s, when artists wanted to move away from the traditional mediums of paintings and sculptures. Performance art served as a medium to explore and experiment with their bodies, objects and people around them.

Performance art stands on three bases, time, space and audience. If either of the three fail to be available or taken into account for, it no longer remains a performance art. The ‘performer’ is the apex of this pyramid, in whatever way he chooses to perform.

The performance might be completely planned or spontaneous, depending upon the random reactions of its audiences and spaces which add a completely new layer of audience’s contribution to the performance.

Taking the example of Nikhil  Chopra going onto the streets and simply starting to sketch on the ground. Although physically his body and work is limited to a certain area, the audience he attracts, the policemen with whom he has interactions with, and the curiosity and suspicion he generates all together become the performance. Again if the entire performance was not recorded, and only the final residual drawing on the street is said to be the proof of the occurrence of such a performance, it wouldn’t exist, and wouldn’t be called a performance art. That work would simply be a piece of art. Such is the importance of presence of people along with the responses around; it thrives on participation.

The remnants of performance arts are visual pieces, tangible objects.The performance is just a visual which becomes an intangible, non tradable work; art in it’s purest, most non commercial form, solely orchestrated for the love of art and expression.

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