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

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

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

Alastair MacLennan’s reply to our projects: What is performance art? and Timeline of performance art

Alastair MacLennan, 2011-07-25

A primary function of art is to bridge our spiritual and physical worlds. Through crass materialism we have reduced art to cultural real estate. Actual creativity can be neither bought nor sold, though its husks, shells and skins often are. It is possible in art to use meta systems without over-reliance on physical residue and attendant marketplace hustling, jockeying and squabblings. Art is the demonstrated wish and will to resolve conflict through action, be it spiritual, religious, political, personal, social or cultural. To heal is to make whole.

What is performance art?

It is the resolution of conflict through action.

Alastair MacLennan, 17th FEB, 2000.



It is the demonstrated wish and will towards resolving inner and outer conflict, be it spiritual, religious, political, personal, social or cultural, or any interfusion of these.

Alastair MacLennan, 8th, APR 2011

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Timeline of performance art

Alastair MacLennan made his first (public) performance 'OF OFF' in 1970 at Nova Scotia College of Art, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


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