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.