Live Art – An Artistic Expression
Any artistic artist working with vitality, be it musicians, poets, sculptors, artists, writers, actors, media artists, or other artists, can fit into the umbrella of live art. But probably more so if they’re defining experiences of encounter or experimentation with lability as the core medium of their artistic production. For instance, when you see a musician performs a live improvisation, this is what they’re performing as part of a performance, so it must be considered live music. And just as it’s the nature of an improvisation to be spontaneous and fluid in nature, so too is live theatre, performance art, and even music and drama. The term has taken on a new definition in these times of fluid communication through the web and video sharing sites.
The arts are certainly part of life, and live art has a unique place in that context. But not all artworks are necessarily live art. As mentioned above, some live artistic creations are experimental productions where there is no attempt to present a traditional work of art but rather one that attempts to define experiences of experience. For example, in performing at a music festival, a band may decide to play a live version of the song from The Sound Of Music, and this can be considered live music because it is not a work of art. So when I’m talking about a musician performing live art, I am really referring to experimentation with the medium.
As a performer, I see it as a challenge to create an encounter or work that is uniquely my own and which has relevance to me and my audience. And since the Internet and video sharing sites have made this possible for the public, I feel that this has opened up new doors to a whole new world of artists. In fact, one of my favorite examples of this has been a recent video clip on YouTube featuring a piece created by a group of dancers called ‘Eggs’. This clip is so intriguing, because while it is a live art performance, it is also a work of contemporary sculpture, and the dancer’s choreography is very fluid and organic.
This clip was created to bring the viewer a unique perspective of dancing and movement, as well as introducing several recent works of contemporary art, such as sculptures by Michael Kutsche, which were created to capture the movement of moving eggs. The dancers were also able to create this movement through choreographed movements that move in a manner that mimics that of live dancing and the dynamic of the movement of the egg itself.
Other abstract paintings that I’ve seen recently are also examples of this kind of movement in motion. One of them is a large abstract painting called ‘Reverse Image’ by Joanna Kruger that I recently saw at a gallery in New York, which features hundreds of small dots of color arranged in a pattern that changes over the course of the duration of a single canvas. This large canvas is full of light and texture, and moves, rather than just being static.
This is one of the best examples of what I consider to be an abstract art work of performance art, as the paintings that exhibit these types of movements are ones that would never have been considered “art” before the advent of the Internet. I’m not saying that these works don’t have artistic merit, just that they’re more than just a physical representation of a feeling or an idea.