On this day
October 11, 2003
Yoko Ono at her exhibit at Deitch Projects, Soho, NYC
Odyssey of a Cockroach
LIFE PIECE V:
Imagine yourself being
in your mother’s womb
as an embryo.
Stay in the position for awhile.
Ask yourself if you still wish to come out
into the world with all the knowledge
you have of what happened to you
and how you affected others.
Opening of Yoko Ono exhibition ‘Half-a-wind show’ at Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
Opening of Yoko Ono and Ernst Fuchs exhibition ‘Interventions’ at the Ernst Fuchs villa in Vienna, Austria
© Elsa Okazaki
Yoji KURI “アオス [AOS]” (1964).
Fluxus cartoon. Voice by Yoko Ono.
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Performance art intrigues me because of its ability to remove the barriers between the artist and the audience. There is something powerful in the act of watching art unfold in front of you in real time. There are some performers who even take their art a step further, by allowing the audience to change their role from passive viewers to active participants.
Marina Abramovic and Yoko Ono are two artists who have both been known to make their audience members an integral part of their performance. Keeping your audience engaged is something all performers strive for, but making your art dependent upon audience participation causes a paradigm shift of sorts.
Imagine that Cut Piece, instead of involving the audience, was just a performance where Yoko Ono slowly cut her own clothing off. Imagine that The Artist is Present was just Marina Abramovic staring off into space in a room full of people. In these scenarios, the artist is more of an usher walking you through the experience. The message being something akin to “here is my art, appreciate it.” The message that is conveyed by the actual works mentioned is instead more like “please help me turn this experience into art so we can appreciate it together.”
The other aspect of this type of performance that makes it so powerful is the amount of courage it requires from both parties. Cut Piece is a particularly good example of this. For the audience, they must be aware that the way they approach the request to cut off a piece of clothing, could potentially give everyone watching a glimpse into their true nature. As the artist, you must be acutely aware that you are giving the audience an opportunity to interact with you, and without many rules the interaction could be either positive or negative.
In my opinion, it is the level of interaction and the courage that this interaction takes, which makes performance art such as this so palpable and unforgettable. Though, other types of performance, such as a music concert or a Broadway show may be engaging, people who have only ever experienced performance as a passive viewer are missing an amazing opportunity to feel something new.
Yoko Ono (American/Japanese,b.1933)
Keys TO OPEN THE SKIES (1988)
1988 remake. Original 1967 piece was glass.
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