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Acting vs Performance Art

Serendipitous to see this article by Mimmo Di Caterino, L’arte? Non è contemplazione, non più, as I contemplate making later this week my first “pure” performance art in about a year and a half. The project has designed as opposed to plotted itself inside my head, and it has been forming for over a year.

Durante la performance oggetto e processo si confondono, si creano e producono in simultanea, quando un artista è vero, vive a tempo pieno la sua performance di ricerca di senso e di vita con il suo pubblico, anche negli affetti e negli effetti privati. Mimmo Di Caterino. (During the performance object and merge process, you will create and produce simultaneous, when an artist is true, lives full-time performance of his search for meaning and life with his audience, even in suffering and in fact private. – Google Translate)

After reading this, I wonder whether an actor can even do “pure” performance art. My best work seems to be created by my characters, not myself. I don’t know anymore whether I can even be myself on stage/ on camera.

One does what one does, so my query is moot, really; and “overworking” or overthinking one’s work is rookie and also a sin.

But I am bookmarking this article and will be returning to it.

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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