ntu-week-8

Today we are going to spend most of the day performing.

First read this (if you have not already)

Original Text Here

ART

To justify artist’s professional, parasitic and elite status in society,
he must demonstrate artist’s indispensability and exclusiveness,
he must demonstrate the dependability of audience upon him,
he must demonstrate that no one but the artist can do art.

 

Therefore, art must appear to be complex, pretentious, profound,
serious, intellectual, inspired, skillful, significant, theatrical,
It must appear to be caluable as commodity so as to provide the
artist with an income.
To raise its value (artist’s income and patrons profit), art is made
to appear rare, limited in quantity and therefore obtainable and
accessible only to the social elite and institutions.

FLUXUS ART-AMUSEMENT

To establish artist’s nonprofessional status in society,
he must demonstrate artist’s dispensability and inclusiveness,

he must demonstrate the selfsufficiency of the audience,
he must demonstrate that anything can be art and anyone can do it.

Therefore, art-amusement must be simple, amusing, upretentious,
concerned with insignificances, require no skill or countless
rehersals, have no commodity or institutional value.

The value of art-amusement must be lowered by making it unlimited,
massproduced, obtainable by all and eventually produced by all.

Fluxus art-amusement is the rear-guard without any pretention
or urge to participate in the competition of “one-upmanship” with
the avant-garde. It strives for the monostructural and nontheatrical
qualities of simple natural event, a game or a gag. It is the fusion
of Spikes Jones Vaudeville, gag, children’s games and Duchamp.

If you are unsure who Duchamp was, do look him up.

Once you do that take a look at

the following video)

Today you need to get in groups of no more than 3. Each group must produce two works of performance art. One should be against something (like the first part of the reading), and one should be for something (like the second part of the reading).

The works should include the audience. Do notate the work on paper so that it can be discussed at a later point of time.

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