29 February 2020 International Performance Art Day


Call for participation

The Performance Art Studio of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Western Macedonia in Greece is participating in the launching event of the International Performance Art Day with the 24-hour action “One Minute and Under”. Performer from around the world communicate their ideas about performance and the reasons they have chosen to express themselves through it. All the videos will be posted live during the 24 hours from the performers’ fb account and may be reposted in the event’s page. A selection of the videos will be reposted on the page of  Performance studio https://www.facebook.com/thisisperformance/).

Respond to this call by an up to a minute-long video answering the following questions:
What is performance art;
Why do you choose to make performance; 

Please take care to post this video during the 24 hours of the 29th of February!
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/603116446919673/

The idea for International Performance Art Day belongs to Thanasis Chondros and Alexandra Katsiani. According to them behaviour as a metaphor has appeared in different contexts since antiquity (for example, in a philosophical context for Diogenes the Cynic, in a religious one for Saint Simeon the Holy Fool). In an artistic context, it has been incorporated since the historic avant-garde of the 20th century, while during the 1970s, it was internationally coded under the name Performance Art. Since then, thanks to its immediate nature and its anthropocentric dynamism, Performance Art has been exhibited in galleries and museums, it has acquired its own festivals, and has provided material and inspiration for the development of a respective literature. Nevertheless, most of its events have remained marginalized, because Performance Art has anti-commercial and non-conforming characteristics. Taking this dual trait of Performance Art into account, 29th February has been designated as International Performance Art Day.

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