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Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project <i>What is performance art?</i>

Theodor di Ricco’s reply to our project What is performance art?

Theodor di Ricco, 2013-01-13

Walking into a room, removing a rubber ball from a pocket and bouncing it on the floor is performance art if the performance artist declares the action to be such. If an observer sitting in a lecture hall and watching someone dressed in yellow maneuver himself to a seat is performance art if the observer declares it to be such. Performance Art does not have a beginning or an end. It happens. It is time based and its ephemeral quality is it commodity.


Past, Present, future, what is Performance Art?


Performance Art is authentic and honest. Whether it takes place as spoken word, as a manifestation, an individual action, or even as a foolish activity, it has always occurred because of the need to communicate information on how to live. Art is a vehicle of communication.

Human beings have learned to be creative and social in order to survive. At the dawn of civilization, the first art works were sculptured from stone and painted on cave walls to communicate lessons learned or deeds accomplished. As societies developed, those who controlled the access of information were the ones favored. In order to preserve their power, they subsequently developed a Machiavellian power structure to organize and control the community.

In every society there are fools, shamans, sages and artists who set themselves apart from the society in general. They are either crazy, have super-human abilities, are wise and creative. To deal with them, the society creates a micro system which mirrors the general Machiavellian structure. Within this tightly controlled micro-system, they are placed at the center and the rest of the community occasionally surrounds.


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