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What is performance art?
FIONA LARKIN

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It is difficult to define something as elastic as performance art practice. Definitions are perhaps inherently too narrow to respond helpfully to such a wide-ranging set of practices and experiences.

If I reduce the question to what place performance has in my own practice then perhaps I can respond.

It is a way of stretching audience experience, a way of testing understandings of time and pointing to moments between people and spaces. It is a way of challenging authorship and punctuating contact with others.

My own focus is on documenting interactions so rather then focusing on the live aspect I focus on the relationship the action has with the camera.

In the past I often referred the work as video action though this definition may no longer sit comfortably. At times the work sets out to explore the boundaries between observer and performer. To do this I build projects that include elements of participatory activity. I follow strangers, perform directly to the camera and invite others to be filmed.

That the observer has the potential to become the observed is important, these loops offer a useful kind of tension.

I am drawn to the idea that the work is less an imposition than a 'dialogue with what is happening in the street' (Gabriele Orozco).To do this the work can appear as inconsequential or like footnotes of daily experience. It is significant then that documentation offers a frame to these activities.

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