Chapter 12 – Performance Art

Performance Art

“Someone’s Got to Suffer”
Pope.L’s Group Crawl Takes
Over Manhattan / Annie Armstrong

What is Performance Art? 

Performance Art is nearly always intended to be provocative.  It may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated, spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. 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. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any type of 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.

Now that we’ve defined it, let’s explore more indepth in the essays in this chapter to see how Performance Art relates to Simple Reality.  

Performance Art Table of Contents 


More indepth discussion can be found in books by Roy Charles Henry.