About Performance Art

Performance Art has many streams, some of it, like some theater, is just terrible.  It can be excessively self-indulgent and uninteresting.  In general, Dualities are dangerous fictions – it is almost never useful to see things divided into two and only two camps.  But sometimes we can use a duality as a rough tool to get quickly to some useful idea.  I like to place Performance Art, and Art in general, on a spectrum between Expressive Work and Communicative Work.  What is the essential drive of the Artist.  Communication or Expression?  There is a list of amazing Action Artists that generally fall on the Communication heavy side of the Performance Art Spectrum.  (The distinction is dubious – because the more rooted in biography we are, the more all expression is communicative)  Here are some super powerful Performance Art makers that Inspired us.

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