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Performance art. Introduction to performance art Performance art is sometimes carefully planned and scripted but can also be spontaneous and random.

Performance art

Although it often takes place in front of an audience and may involve audience participation – or the orchestration of other participants by the artist – it can also be an action performed privately by the artist. Performance art has origins in futurism and dada, but became a major phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s and can be seen as a branch of conceptual art. Further resources Explore the relationship between photography and performance in Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern. At the heart of performance art is a strong social critique. Comedian and art enthusiast Frank Skinner explores performance art from its origins through to Yoko Ono and Joseph Beuys:

Tony Orrico - Body performance e visual art. Ogni artista utilizza uno strumento per rendere concreta e visibile un’idea.

Tony Orrico - Body performance e visual art

Gli strumenti dell’artista si sono evoluti insieme alle tecnologie. Dalla pittura è nata la fotografia, dalla fotografia è nato il cinema e dunque il video, con il video è nata la televisione. Esiste però un modo di fare arte che abbandona l’utilizzo di uno strumento fisico e utilizza per esempio il corpo stesso dell’artista. In molti casi si chiama body art, in altri semplicemente performance. Nel caso di Tony Orrico, performance artist e ballerino, il corpo stesso diviene strumento, esattamente uno “Spirograph“ che agisce su grandi superfici sulle quali l’artista si applica interamente e disegna un grafico del movimento corporeo. Le sue opere sono espressione di equilibrio, simmetria ed euritmia. Osservarlo dal vivo, contemplarne il ritmo e il metodo d’azione, (la performance può durare fino a 4 ore) conferisce all’osservatore una suggestione maggiore, a differenza del video chiaramente. Tony Orrico. Brainstorm: Performance Drawing.

Marina Abramović: 'This piece is deeper and more profound than anything I've ever done before' Marina Abramović, 67, is a Montenegrin performance artist who, since 11 June, has been performing 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Marina Abramović: 'This piece is deeper and more profound than anything I've ever done before'

Visitors (more than 110,000 will have taken part by the time it ends at 6pm on 25 August) are invited to leave their bags, phones and watches at the door, to put on noise-blocking earphones, and are then led around the gallery by the artist. Activities within the space have included staring at the wall, slow walking, and counting grains of rice, the aim being to encourage people to be "present in the moment".

At the end of each day, Abramović has recorded a video diary, Marina at Midnight in which she has documented her reflections on the experience. The final diary will be broadcast on the Serpentine website on 25 August at midnight. Are you tired? Yes. You're on the move for eight hours a day, six days a week. Every night I soak myself in Dead Sea salt for an hour. What will you do on Tuesday? Yes. How have your visitors responded? Marina Abramović to create new art installation for Sydney in 2015. Marina Abramović spent three months staring New Yorkers in the face at the Museum of Modern Art in her show, The Artist is Present.

Marina Abramović to create new art installation for Sydney in 2015

She devoted 512 hours to teaching Londoners how to be mindful at the Serpentine gallery. Now the Serbian performance artist has her sights set on Sydney, where she will create a new work in July 2015. Abramović will be brought to Australia by the arts philanthropist, John Kaldor, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Her work previously featured in Kaldor’s 2013 installation show, 13 Rooms, although the artist was definitively not present for that one, which was performed by local Australian artists. The same venue, Sydney’s Pier 2/3, will play host to the new piece by Abramović, who at 67 has attracted a wider audience for her practice.

More recent work has continued to explore themes of endurance but through the medium of audience interaction. Marina Abramović's weirdest moments – in pictures. Marina Abramović review – 'Who knows what might happen?' "Close your eyes and think of the void," Marina Abramović announces.

Marina Abramović review – 'Who knows what might happen?'

"The void is also a cinema screen. " There are 160 of us here, along with a small number of the artist's assistants, who stand facing the wall. The queue outside is lengthening. The galleries are empty, save for a low MDF stage in the middle of the space. Picking a handful of visitors from the crowd, Abramović leads them gently on to the stage and has them stand, eyes closed, arms to their sides, zombified. She picks more of us, one by one, and leads us to other parts of the gallery, to stand in pockets of isolation. There's only so much standing still like this I can take. There is a feeling of communal attentiveness in the room. It is good to walk among and between everyone else here. Halfway through 512 hours of Marina Abramović: no one to hear you scream. Marina Abramović is almost halfway through her 512-hour performance at the Serpentine Gallery.

Halfway through 512 hours of Marina Abramović: no one to hear you scream

Her video diary tells us it is getting harder by the day. At its opening , the queue stretched across the park. The atmosphere in the gallery was expectant and electric. No one knew just what she'd do, or how her residency might develop. To date, almost 60,000 people have visited. This week, I came back too. It began with the headphones. The 10 most shocking performance artworks ever. Artist Pyotr Pavlensky has made eyes water all over the world with his protest against Russia's descent into authoritarianism – nailing his testicles to the ground in Red Square on Sunday to denounce Vladimir Putin's "police state".

The 10 most shocking performance artworks ever

Yet connoisseurs of performance art are probably already saying: "Meh, seen it all before. " For Pavlensky's protest is the latest in a long line of performance art pieces that have endangered life and limb. Here are our top 10 ...