Thursday, March 22, 2012

Live Performance Art—Straight to Your Laptop

One of the main reasons why performance art struggles to find a wider audience is because, almost by nature, it cannot reach a wide audience. A performance artist works in time—once the performance is over, it’s over. More than for any other medium, you really have to be there. Those problems may finally have met their match through modern technology. Beginning today, Thursday, March 22nd, BMW Tate Live: Performance Room will bring live online performances to an international audience simultaneously across world time zones, shattering the performance art barrier and, perhaps, introducing performance art to people who could or would never have attended a performance before. At 8 pm in the United Kingdom (3 pm on the east coast in the United States), a revolution in the history of performance art begins. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Live Performance Art—Straight to Your Laptop."

[Image: Jérôme Bel. The Show Must Go On, 2001. © Jérôme Bel. Photo: Mussacchio Laniello.]

[Many thanks to the Tate for providing me with the image above and other press materials related to BMW Tate Live: Performance Room.]

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