I thoroughly enjoyed the performance by Chris Mitchell (AKA William Stopha). I find his work added a new dimension to performance art, combining art theory (which I could not have imagined could be put to music) along with social, economic and technology issues.
Having experienced his work, I decided to research other performance artists. I came across a particularly interesting example.
Marina Abramovic is America’s most famous performance artist. she performs because she believes her role as an artist is to deliver a message to the public – the audience – that can put society back on track.
In a profile written in The Economist, the writer says “Sometimes it appears that Ms Abramovic has cast herself in the role of the artist as priestess or shaman.”
“The public is in need of experiences that are not just voyeuristic. Our society is in a mess of losing its spiritual center,” Abramovic says. “The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.”
Her performances are as stubborn as she seems. In March 2010, she launched her milestone performance under the title “The Artist is Present.” the performance had her sitting silent in a chair everyday from mid-March to the end of May at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.