Re: [-empyre-] performance, site and situation

On Oct 23, 2006, at 6:25 AM, De Geuzen wrote:

While these explorations carry with them both cliches and conventions, I believe they offer something transformative, if not resistant, in their enactment, meaning "being performed" in a particular time, amongst a specific group and in a given situation

gh responds:

I don't understand what is "transformative" and what you mean by that. The discussion of the male gaze is part of Sprinkle's project. I find there is a lot of catch phrases being bandied about without much understanding of why any artist approaches or uses such "content." Tell me what you think happens to an audience seeing one of these performances. If they are "transformed." do the men start immediately cross dressing?

An analysis of the male gaze in art is actually rather interesting. Manet's , "Luncheon on the Grass" immediately comes to mind.

What are the parameters of "performance" as you (and the group) define it? I define performance art as coming from the Beaux-Arts procedures that an artist engages in when they create an "object." In the case of body art or performance art the material and the site of the creative act is the body.

I find that most academics do not understand performance art insofar as they are writers and come from a tradition where language is the primary vehicle of expression. Language is the foundation of theater. Performance art comes from fine arts not language. Trying to analyze performance art without recognizing it's first impetus (prima facie) origins in the Beaux Arts tradition creates a false analysis.

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