April 1, 2011 |
Many contemporary artists marry art and politics in pursuit of a social agenda or to expose a political peculiarity. But in Russia, one group of artists is weaponizing performance art, turning it into a tool to terrorize the state. Since 2007, Russian activists operating under the name "Voina" — the Russian word for "war" — have been performing anti-state, anti-authoritarian, frequently violent and patently illegal acts as artworks. They hosted a sit-down dinner party on a Moscow subway train,...
June 7, 2013
The Washington Post is proud to sponsor SUPERNOVA, a Rosslyn Arts Project, in its inaugural year. SUPERNOVA runs from June 7-9 and features free performance arts piece in public spaces all over Rosslyn. Emerging and established local, regional, national and international performance artists will come to Northern Virginia to present an expansive range of positions and approaches to performance art. Performance art, live art, body art, relational art, action art, happenings, actions, interventions and more will take place in...
August 2, 2012 |
At 10 a.m. on Aug. 11, Kathryn Cornelius will wear a white gown and walk toward her betrothed to exchange vows before a crowd of assembled guests. An ordained minister will officiate, then the pair will drink champagne, cut the cake and gaze into each other's eyes as they dance their first dance. And then they will divorce. At 11 a.m. she'll do it all over again with someone new. And at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and every hour on the hour until she has wed and divorced seven people.
May 9, 2011 |
Selling contemporary art is one thing. Selling performance art is another. But selling performance art for charity is nearly unheard of. Yet the District of Columbia Arts Center in Adams Morgan is betting that it can not only build a fundraiser out of performance, it can make a performance out of a fundraiser. On Thursday, DCAC is hosting its first experience auction — a live auction in which experiences, not things, will hit the auction block. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on...
July 8, 2011 |
The problem with reviewing a performance-art piece like the "Tactile Dinner Car," which depends on constant surprise, is that one cannot actually reveal anything about the play. We can tell you it is futurist, that it is held in the middle of the Capital Fringe Festival's crowded beer garden, and that when you check in you will receive a menu of dishes (each a performance-art piece) with names like "Devil in Black Key" and such descriptions as "contrasting free-form arabesques of cream...
July 11, 2011 |
Dada, in case anyone slept through art history class, was a movement that was inherently anti-art. It is purposefully meaningless, every piece of nonsense a rejection of the art world. In a way, Dada is all about the confidence to say what is and is not art — but mostly it becomes a philosophical Mobius strip. Everything we say is meaningful is a joke we're playing on ourselves, it tells us, and when we as an audience find meaning in it, we're proving the natural human tendency to make nonsense...