My area of focus in school was math. Even though I liked the area of focus class in math, I am not and never was interested in pursuing a math career. I’m interested in art. I am interested in all art but lately I have become really interested in performance art. I’m not completely sure what I want to do as a final product but I would like to possibly do a performance art piece.
What do you mean by a performance art piece? As in you dance or act or something? Or as in you create artwork. I have seen some of your drawings and know that you are a great artist, maybe you should do some pieces.
After speaking to people during the speed dating activity, it helped me because it gave me confidence in possibly doing a performance art piece. It also helped me think more about a problem that I want to address through art and made me go back to the idea of why I’m interested in performance art and how that can relate to other art.
Hey Dana ~ can you post some names of projects or artists that are inspiring to you? I’d like to get a better sense of where your interests are + where you think your own work would be situated/located in that context.
here are some artists I’m interested in
For my final product I would possibly like to do some type of performance. Where it would be done depends on the performance. It could be done outside, in a gallery, in a studio, it can be more of a video piece/photographs showing a performance.
I also know of some places that support performance art that I an possibly contact.
I really like this idea. This s really different and i think that people would enjoy watching youj create a piece of art.
1. This spring break, mainly I read many many blogs in response to performance pieces. I was interested in blogs because I was interested in what performances people felt worked and that they connected with. Of course there were mixed reviews for lots of performances. I found that the performances that were more popular or accessible by public (not just people who already know of/love performace art) were more criticized but also had a more powerful positive response. Also of course, most of the performances that people voiced their opinions on (besides just saying what the performance was and something like “cool”) were performances with an audience. They were also performances that were documented in some form other than just memory, especially if it was documented as a photograph. People also blogged about the community created around certain performances, this is talked about in some interviews but the performance artist never really goes as into it as the bloggers do.
I also read many interviews from performance artists. A common theme performance artists talked about was how performance is documented. Some artists don’t even have picture or video or any type of scoring for their performance they just do the performance and say that memory is the documentation. Others say memory is the documentation but they do document in other ways they feel appropriate (photo, video, sound, etc.) but say that once it is documented, that documentation is a different piece. Others never have an audience and just use photos, video, sound, etc. but still call it performance art. Performance artists also talk about some state of higher self often.
3. I talked to Rebecca who teaches a performance art class for teens at MoMA about the definition of performance art.
what makes something a performance art piece?
I guess ultimately it’s calling it performance art. Once you call something performance art, it is a performance. If you see a photograph and it’s stated that it is performance art, you view the photograph completely differently.
4. I emailed a performance artist Adriana. I asked her for feedback about my performance.
Yes, I will gladly give you feedback on your idea. I think the idea is amazing. It sounds really beautiful and makes me so happy for you. I think now that you have this idea, it’s really your duty to just do it. It might not turn out how you want it to but asking for too much permission might be hurtful to your performance. Let it just play out. Keep me posted, I love your idea. Good luck!
5. Examples of things similar to what I want to do
and work from the artists I posted above
D – fantastic progress over the break. Where do you think your research will go next?
my research topic in 1 sentence:
How does art (especially performance art) connect people while helping people find/keep their individuality?
My research plan:
-what performance art is
-performance3 art pieces and how that relates to my topic
-blogs of audience
-interviews of performers
-research philosophy that talk about this topic
-research other arts I feel do this (not just performance)
who the audience is:
hopefully everyone: depending on the way I want to address my final project, the audience could be a little more targeted but I feel this problem is relevant in amny peoples lives
Me personally, I haven’t been a big fan of analyzing art and even making it , but from some of your ideas, i think you may change my perspective on it! Good luck with your research, and I can’t wait to see the final product !
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