How Audience Driven Performance Art Differ From Other Forms Of Art Essay

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How does audience driven performance art differ from other forms of performance art?

In recent years, a form of performance which relies as much on the audience as it does an artist has be growing increasingly popular among those who appreciate the meta. There is a sort of curiosity associated with participating in art and the creation of art which is refreshingly different from what is often found in performance. In this paper, I will focus on the audience and their role in watching, thinking about, interpreting, and changing performance art, I will not be interested in the intention of any artists. It is especially important to focus on the interactions and feelings which are formed from attending and participating in performance (even if that participation is simply viewing). Thus, the works that I will be examining will have no spoken words because I feel that words serve to distract from the interpretation of audience-in-performance that I will put forth. Therefore, the pieces I have chosen are a kind of Invisible Theatre (a term that I have co-opted from Augusto Boal), this Invisible Theatre serves as the foundation of the analysis I will offer and is crucial to the discussion of the role and effect of audience (277). Invisible Theatre is “public theatre which involves the public as participants in the action without their knowing it” (Boal xxiii). The three pieces which I will examine, Gala by Jérôme Bel, 4’33” by John Cage, and The Passing Winter by

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