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What is performance art?
IRMA OPTIMIST

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A performance tunes in a situation into an organisation of chaos or chaos of an organisation. Its dynamics can lie in the relationship between performer, audience and the elements of the performance. Performance art has no narrative rules and no controlling formal restrictions. In a performance a certain action or many different actions, which can separate directly to distinct directions, are realised. A performance may occur also indirectly in different, variable, both stable and unstable dimensions. Random factors too effect the order or disorder of it. Time in a performance is sensed through those velocities and speeds which manifest themselves within it.

From a performer's point of view a performance deals with certain dynamics which do not exactly begin or end with the performance: performances are instantly visible fixed points of a feedback process. A performer uses the time available to plan performances and to observe new ways to comment as an artist. The micro circuit of performances expands into a macro net of retrospective dimensions.

As an peripheral and marginal way of working it is possible for performance art to confuse the expectations which museums and galleries rely on when exhibiting static art.

I have called my own performance art an opposite look, which is based on the vibrations of chaotic order, "the politics of soft curves". It is completely qualified in the chaos of mathematical sense, although it also contains possible mythological chaos which cannot neither be measured, sold or changed.

I think that a performer moves on a fractal boundary. Performance space departs from the everyday environment because of its greater complexity and non-linearity. The figurative performer joins space and time together with connections and contacts which appear in passing performative and corporal statements. In a way, every performance is an extension of a previous one - an expansion or a valley of sea horses which spring from corporal mathematics, that invisible Pandora, which can be closed and opened, accelerated and stopped.

The performance space gives birth to a form which is akin to onion-shaped structures of multi-sensitive chaos. This is an order of its own kind. It is a system which is concerned with the vanishing of lag and depth, when, in a smooth world, mass and energy explode into information. Performance art may appear as physical friction, even though performance art means catalysing the societies with artists being the catalysts.



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