On 6th October 2015 our tutor Nigel Grimmer gave us our first project, introduced as ‘Performative portraits’. The brief suggested that we look at performance art videos in order to have better understanding on what performance Art is as well as getting some ideas for our final images/video.
From our Project/Brief ‘Performative Art’:
1.In art, performance art is a performance presented to an audience, traditionally interdisciplinary.
Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation.
2.The performance can be live or via media;the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer’s body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience.
3. Performance art can happen anywhere,in any venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work.
From performance to portrait:
1.In the 1990s and 2000s the taking of the photographic object became the main focus for many of these performances, and these can be seen as intentional self-portraits, rather than just documentation of an event.
2.In terms of self-portraiture, performed photography combines elements of masquerade, acting, impersonation and human endurance, to challenge the idea of a coherent self
Our task is to create a character and then plan a performance around that character. The performance has to be filmed as performance art isn’t always videoed and photographs are often all that remain to show that the performance ever happened. The end result is to be a series of printed photographs that will show our character in action.
These photographs could fall in to one of two categories:
1.being photographs of the performance as it happened;
2.being staged photographs that happened before or after the performance;