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James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

James King’s reply to our projects: What is performance art? and Timeline of performance art

James King, 2013-04-05

Performance Art is authentic response to the essence of experience transformed and outwardly expressed in appropriate singular form.



What is performance art?

Performance Art  is authentic response to the essence of experience transformed
and outwardly expressed in appropriate singular form.

The experience of performance is transformative for the performer.

S/he is in an altered state (even minimally) during the performance; and is more open to experience, aware and perceptive  afterwards. Events and feelings are not judged but received as source for  performance.

Performance is organic. The performer discovers the starting point, follows her/his intuition, pushing boundaries, challenging, testing her/himself, and maintaining focus on the form - which may itself be evolving. A performance is not a safe place.

It is a place for challenge and growth. It may be enjoyable. It might even be fun.

It might also be a group experience. In this case each person can be a source for the other. So that the overall form is a composite development. There is mutual engagement, tolerance, challenge and response. Give and take, offer and accept.

The performance is actually or potentially in public view. If an audience is there the performer welcomes the  audience as witness, is influenced by and responsive to their presence but  is not performing for them. Their appreciation or rejection is THEIR business. Reflection without blame (honest and sincere, positive evaluation) follows performance and may generate material for further work. Forget your mistakes, there is no such thing as failure. There are only levels or degrees of authenticity.

A performance artist may use a score, or have some self generated rules - which can be broken.


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Timeline of performance art

First performance – the moment of birth. Was BBA. Born Before Arrival (of midwife). Arrived onto the hospital bed solely by my own exertions and those of my mother – who loved me then and for the next fifty years.

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