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Monday, April 5, 2010

Marina, Erykah and Genesis

Marina Abramović has said that the highest from of art is music, second in line is performance art and all the other art forms rank lower. I am comfortable in the trenches of visual art and particularly with its ugly step child Photography.
My first conscious encounter with performance art, Marina Abromavić's medium, was during my first year of grad school. Someone tenured at my university invited the new students to their performance and attendance was strongly suggested.
Art much like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and let's just say that that performance further drove me into the trenches of visual art.
However I try to have an open mind. I am intrigued by performance artists such as Genesis P-Orridge and Marina Abramović -- often more so by them than their work -- but to separate one from the other is probably besides the point.
No matter how you relate to performance art or what you think of it, undeniably the medium is having a moment.
Marina Abramović is currently at the MOMA, Genesis P-Orridge is receiving major accolades & recognition and Erykah Badu was recently charged with disorderly conduct in Dallas, TX after the filming of her latest video/performance art piece.
I guess critics would call Erykah Badu's video and perhaps even Marina Abramović's current work at the MOMA performance light. It certainly is accessible, but I think that is a good thing.

You can currently see Erykah Badu's video Window Seat at www.erykahbadu.com and of course you can find it on www.youtube.com aswell.
If you cannot make it to the MOMA you can bear virtual witness to Marina Abromović's The Artist is Present, by visiting: www.moma.org. And I would recommend reading Edward Winkelman's post about an evening with Genesis P-Orridge titled Extreme Living, which you can find at: www.edwardwinkleman.blogspot.com (such a good blog!)