Performance art is an art that is performed live, mostly by an artist but sometimes with collaborators or performers. Performance art mostly consists of four elements: time, space, the performer’s body and a relationship between the audience and performer. It can be planned and scripted or spontaneous and random.
Gilbert and George are known for their colourful wall sized paintings and their trademark performance art of Living Sculptures. In their live performance they wander around the city streets covered in metallic make up so much that they resemble a sculture. The idea was to “collapse the distance between art and artists.” In 1970, Gilbert and George developed this further and first performed their famous Singing Sculpture, at the Nigel Greenwood Gallery. Again coated in metallic make-up, the duo stood on a table and moved in robotic movement to comedy double-act, Flannagan and Allen’s 1930’s music hall song “Underneath the Arches” – about the homeless men who slept under railway arches during the Great Depression.