On Mar 15, 2014, at 9:29 AM, Victoria Bradbury <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> *Does performance require an audience?*
Hi List & Victoria,
This is an interesting question?
If the intention of art is to reach a realization or to see the world differently then no it doesnt need an audience.
I can go to writing code as an example. Heres a story I sen to my niece who is heading up a social media department for a fashion house.
She is in the middle of a corporate maelstrom. And is stressed about her work.
"Often when Iım trying to write code I am overwhelmed. I see all the possibilities and I feel itıs an impossible task.
Iım not trained as a coder and Iım neither young nor smart. But What I try to do is attack the code in baby steps.
I break down the probem until I find something I can do easily. Then I do that and what happens is two things,
It gives me the confidence to continue and it points the way to more solutions for the code. At the end of the work day,
I review everything Iıve done and especially what Iıve accomplished. Sometimes itıs not a lot but every once in a while thereıs a lot of progress.
Iıve found that too much effort on a task means Iım not approaching it correctly. Pacing is everything.
This is part of the creative process and perhaps gets to the core of why an artists make art. Its a performance yes. Its result may be an artwork.
If there is no audience for the artwork, the performance and the realization remain. Ive also found that with new media we are often doing research
and not anything complete. I like this aspect very much. It concentrates on the creative process without necessitating a product.
Sharing realizations and coding procedures is part of what we do as artists. The audience may not even be aware of this aspect.