Netherlands-based artist Roos Hoffmann directed a participatory work on February 21, 2019 at Experimental Action Festival. Using the ground level of Rockefeller Houston’s open, two-story theatre space, Hoffman asked twelve people to stand, motionless and silent, in a 4 x 3 grid configuration for approximately 15 minutes.
If you were one of those people, which I was, this seemed almost a lifetime.
Of all the art talks I have attended, never once has the artist begun by having people in the audience introduce themselves to each other, instead of the other way around. Suzanne Lacy, a performance and social practice artist based in LA, did. This gesture of inclusion epitomizes her 40+ years of work.
Performance 11: On Line/Trisha Brown Dance Company
Performance art, as formalized by artists in New York City in the 1970’s, largely explored how the body, normally used as an instrument in canvas painting and sculpture, could be seen as a material, an instrument, and a work of art in and of itself. Its differences between the performing arts were subtle in many ways, especially when seen alongside choreographers and musicians who were working in NYC at the same time.