Beside the paint

by Jaideep Sen

2011_Interview_Live_Art_Bangalore.pdfpublished in Time Out Bengaluru November 2011, pages 18–21

«A sprawling new festival of performance art is set to transform the city’s studio spaces, museums and streets,says Jaideep Sen.»

Performance art, as a concept, can seem both promising and perplexing. Despite being dominated by performers, the form has historically been excluded from the traditional bounds of performing arts. But the propensity of its propagators to pioneer experimental ventures – integrating video projections, photographic appositions, sculpturesque artefacts and disparate instances of unclassifiable media into their works – has afforded artists an inestimable horizon of creative ambition.
This fortnight, Dorothea Rust will join over 25 artists from across Southeast Asia, as well as Israel and Germany, at LIVE ART 2011, an unprecedented 15-day festival in the city, which will celebrate that very mixed and factious aspect of performance art. Wisely enough, Rust said she plans on travelling light, heading over from Zurich in Switzerland with little more than “a concept and a pair of shoes”. The concept that Rust is bringing along, however, will no doubt bear a weighty impact on LIVE ART, which she is a co-curator of, with fellow Swiss performer Monica Klinger and Smitha Cariappa, the festival’s chief organiser. ...

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