live art – what is it good for?

Posted on August 14, 2009 by


In the continual search for definition of live art I have come across these great articles – the first by the Live Art Development Agency in the UK.

The term Live Art is not a description of an artform or discipline, but a cultural strategy to include experimental processes and experiential practices that might otherwise be excluded from established curatorial, cultural and critical frameworks. Live Art is a framing device for a catalogue of approaches to the possibilities of liveness by artists who chose to work across, in between, and at the edges of more traditional artistic forms.

The full article is here; in what appear to be a positioning statement for LADA.
Also of interest is Joshua Sofaer’s writing;

While live art practices still battle for acceptance even within art institutions themselves, the increasing globalisation of live communication through internet and digital television widens the possibility for performance based art practices. Not only does this plethora of home access media mean artists can go directly to the people, rather than relying on them to make a trip to a gallery, nightclub or warehouse, it also means that there is an increasing premium on live interaction. The renaissance of cinema, after decades of decline caused by television, is tribute to the public’s need for interaction at an event they can collectively witness in space and time. Either way, virtually or in the flesh, the future looks bright for live art.

His website, including the full version of this article ‘Seven Reasons why live art gives good value‘ can be found here.
(with thanks to Rinske Ginsberg)

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