Friday, May 26, 2017

How to Recognize Performance Art

As a queer artist I seek to create a temporal historical rupture,” says Texas-based performance artist Sarah Hill, while describing her - sorry, their - 2014 opus They Wonder. “During the performance,” we’re told, “I repeatedly spin around and around in circles.” The reason being that, as an artist and worker of profundity, Ms Hill is “interested in the continuous action of spinning and getting no-where, falling down and getting back up.”
Inevitably, Ms Hill tells us that she – sorry, they - disdains “the pressures of commodification,” and rejects “the populist template of art as a form of leisure or entertainment.” Yes, I know, a fearless and terribly radical decision, the effects of which may become apparent in the following video, recorded at the Waterloo Centre for the Arts, Iowa.
There is a video of its' performance art that makes as much sense as that drivel quoted above.    And neither "leisure or entertainment" is a result of watching it.  It is work safe, although Wonder Woman will be upset.

1 comment:

  1. Please, lady! Only Dervishes can do that, and then they also have to be Cismen!