Theodor di Ricco

Past, Present, Future: What is Performance Art?

 by Theodor di Ricco / performance artist & Gallery SoToDo founder

Berlin May 2011 Walking into a room, removing a rubber ball from a pocket and bouncing it on the floor is performance art if the performance artist declares the action to be such. If an observer sitting in a lecture hall and watching someone dressed in yellow maneuver himself to a seat is performance art if the observer declares it to be such. Performance Art does not have a beginning or an end. It happens. It is time based and its ephemeral quality is it commodity. Performance Art is authentic and honest. Whether it takes place as spoken word, as a manifestation, an individual action, or even as a foolish activity, it has always occurred because of the need to communicate information on how to live. Art is a vehicle of communication.

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