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While the definition of art hasn’t always been clear, we have always had a pretty clear sense of the role of the artist and the role of the audience in art.  The artist created the art and the audience played a voyeuristic and responsive role.

Performance art pioneers like Marina Abromovic have been challenging the boundaries between artists and audiences and the definition of art and art practice simply by creating a real time connection between the artist and the audience.

The space created by this connection offers us a glimpse into a new dimension in art experience with a growing loyal following.  The experience is more like a journey, revealing a compelling invitation to explore our individual and collective social consciousness in the “spaces in between” (in between our fast paced, ordered modern existence and an uncertain dimension of possibility).  It challenges us to be open to whatever presents itself and to abandon expectations.  Time and space become fluid.

The overwhelming response to Marina Abromovic’s recent performance at MoMA, The Artist is Present, is a testament to the evolving state of this art form and the unexpected outcomes for both the artist and the audience.  The intimate nature of such performances is a catalyst to co-create a unique experience in our lives: to slow down, be in the moment, and look through different eyes…..making new things familiar and familiar things new (as Samual Johnson says).

Here in Australia, Anastasia Klose, has been performing at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), in a work partly inspired by Maria Abromovic’s recent work at MoMA.  In an intimate setting, sitting in her bed, she allows us to read her thoughts on-screen as she sits in bed and types them, responding to her surroundings, her audience and her experience. (Photos by Teri Hoskin courtesy of the AEAF website).

I’ve been to performances like this and initially, I found it challenging to stay in these intimate spaces with a stranger on unfamiliar social ground for long.  Other times I found myself distracted by life outside the space or unable to appreciate the subtlety of the experience. But I have to say that it has become one of my favourite art forms: a place where we can explore infinite possibility by connecting with each other in new and unexpected ways.

So what do you think about this kind of art form? Love it or leave it?

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