|Reading Performance Art|
By Devon Hodges and Mel Nichols
Paras Kaul, a performance artist, asks her audience to consider not just a text that she creates—but also the particular conditions that exist when that text is performed. What she does, then, is deliberately create an environment, one that she does not entirely control, that helps her engender a theatrical/music/image experience. Similarly, Reneé Barger brings text and dance into an interface that allows the audience to control the sequence as they reading of her performance. In both cases, context, what is "outside," thus dramatically "asserts itself."
Option 1: Read Sean Andrews interview with Paras Kaul and view both the video interview and the video of her performance of Peace Streams in issue seven. Write an essay in which you discuss how her performance "realizes" what is "outside" of it.
note: Viewing the video work requires a fast internet connection
and may best be viewed on campus. The computer that you use must have
sound available as well.
Tech note: Viewing the video work requires a fast internet connection and may best be viewed on campus. The computer that you use will not need sound capability.