In visual art, performances are becoming a strong part of abstract conceptual art.
Born in the early 1970s performance art is a term covering a variety of artistic joined activities such as painting, acting, dance and music performances, and body art. These are also Happenings, which was the first similar act of multi-art events.
These actions are often recorded on video or captured in photographs. A short film from Tate explains vividly how performance art became part of everyday life creation. Artists can unforgettably offer powerful messages.
Today artists on social media platforms catch followers by capturing the creation moment of their artworks, turning it into performance. If the performance art was not captured would not become an artifact on its own. Are we entering the area of theatrical art?
What is the main difference to a theatre?
According to Encyclopedia Britannica “theatre” is “art concerned almost exclusively with live performances in which the action is precisely planned to create a coherent and significant sense of drama.”
One main difference comes from the fact that performance art is much shorter in time. Conceptually performance art does not need special story, which develops over time, but a conceptual idea. The message is translated also via action rather than by words.
Literary art – the text – plays a key role in a live performance at the theatre. In the past, this part was seen as the main purpose of the genre. The real impact on the audience is generated also by the powerful acting itself. Theoretically in a classical play, the story has to develop at the same time, at the same place and there shall be a dramatic outline. Environment and stenographic setup also have its role to play. In this area, visual art gets to play a role. Think about a simple room set up on the stage. The way this room is arranged, the colors the positioning of items, and the style create a picture on its own. Very often this is the first thing we see at the beginning of the play. This first image sets up the right emotional background.
As art looks for innovation, multi-art actions and multi-art artists try out how different art solutions can interact and create emotional and visual long-lasting impacts on the audience.
Opera is a great example where theatre and music came together and created an art genre of its own.
Art is about creativity without borders. We try to segment it into categories once more artists follow one concept over time and create several similar types of artifacts. this is when a new direction or style is born.
At HINSA. we also look for multi-art performers, like Attila Glazer