Friday, August 19, 2011

Did YouTube Kill Performance Art?


Introduction

performance artMichael Nagle for The New York TimesA performer in "Ocularpation: Wall Street" in New York this month.
On Aug. 1, shortly after 7 a.m., a group of people on Wall Street — who seemed to be going about their regular workdays — began removing their clothes as part of a project by the artist Zefrey Throwell. The performance, "Ocularpation: Wall Street," was intended as a social commentary on the state of the economy and the need for more transparency on Wall Street.
The reaction from passersby was mixed: some were impressed, others unfazed. The police were not amused.
In the age of YouTube, when the line between "happenings" and publicity stunts has blurred, can performance art still resonate with the public?