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Multimedia, Happenings, and Performance Art Characteristics of Happenings:

  • 1.

    Multimedia events that broke down the barriers between the arts and mingled elements

  • 2.

    Shifted emphasis away from creating a product and onto participating in a process

  • 3.

    Sought to provide an experience rather than present a message or a single meaning

  • 4.

    Shifted emphasis from artist’s intention to participant’s awareness

5.

Often made each participant a partial creator of the event

Multimedia, Happenings, and Performance Art

Performance Art

  • May intermingle borrowings from any or all of the visual

arts, dance, music, video, and theatre

  • May be scripted or improvised

  • May or may not use costumes and props

  • Frequently solo performance

  • May be highly personal or confrontational

  • Often explores issues of sexuality, violence, power

4/15/2009

Happenings

Activity:

  • Led by your instructor, participate in the following happening. Wait for your instructor’s cue for each step:

    • 1.

      Take our a piece of paper.

    • 2.

      Roll it into a cylinder and look through it.

    • 3.

      Unroll the piece of paper and tear it into 2 halves.

  • 4.

    Clap twice and then whisper your name.

  • 5.

    Crumple the paper into 2 balls and hold them

over your ears.

Multimedia, Happenings, and Performance Art

The essence of performance art is that there are no rules about what is allowed.

  • Performance Artists originally came from the visual arts, dance, and music

  • Appeal of Performance Art: disregards boundaries among the arts, thereby expanding means of expression

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