art is (Speaking Portraits) (Performance Ideas)

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This new volume in the Performance Ideas series is drawn from the ongoing video work art is/poetry is/music is (Speaking Portraits), which features over 1000 artists painters, poets, musicians, dancers, actors, video-/filmmakers in eleven countries saying what art is. art is offers an intimate view of seventy of those engaged in art as performance. Single-frame images, accompanied by individual artist statements, capture moments of high intensity from Marina Abramovic, Carolee Schneemann, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Jonah Bokaer, Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros, Thurston Moore, Gary Hill, Vito Acconci, Archie Shepp, Joan Jonas, Anthony Braxton, Ann Hamilton, and many more. George Quasha writes in his Introduction: Listening to so many artists, closely and over many years, has taught me further configurative dimensions of performative mind. Close listening/viewing non-interfering attention nurtures art, just as it does people, animals, maybe even plants.”

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George Quasha, artist/poet/musician, is a Guggenheim Fellow whose twenty books include Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance, An Art of Limina, and Glossodelia Attract (preverbs).

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Selections from art is (Speaking Portraits) (without photos)

Meredith Monk

I really believe that art has the power to heal.
And that doesn’t necessarily mean that it couldn’t be something
that
a lot of people think is very ugly
or all these controversial pieces that seem like they are
violent;
they seem like they are not obviously so life-affirming.

I basically think that most artists work out of love
and if something that is a very disturbing work wakes you
up in a way,
that’s definitely part of the process of life.
I mean pain is definitely part of the process of life.
And I think that ultimately it’s a life-affirming process,
and in the world we are living in now
which is designed to distract, or divert,
and has a lot to do with instant gratification, commodification,
lack of patience
and lack of depth of involvement or commitment,
I think that art itself, just to experience that,
if the work is immersive and if it is generous work,
is something that is kind of an antidote
to what we are being fed in the culture
as to the aspect of our minds.
Gary Hill
art now
right now
right behind now

art is

art is beauty

undeniably
beauty

breathtaking

disturbing

art needs to happen
art is happening
art is being

art art
Ann Hamilton

I think art is an act of attention.

It can be an act of language,
or it can be an act of material.
It can be an act of listening,
an act of seeing something,
an act of touch.

Art can be material but it doesn’t have to be.
I think it’s moving from something you know
to something that you don’t know
and so art is maybe always
that place of inbetween.
Alison Knowles

Art is the ultimate wilderness.

Once you find your way
over rocks
and through the woods
everything is free
and equal.
Marina Abramovic

art is

melancholic
pathetic
monstrous
danger
bloody
risky
disturbing
revolting
dramatic
communistic
sharing
interacting
meditative
secure
smelly
ridiculous
rigorous
fundamental
mystic
shiny
spiritual
aboriginal
blue red yellow green violet white black grey pink
moderate
excessive
suspicious
criminal
unnecessary
political
social
Buddhistic
hot
warm
icy
a good temperature

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