Performance Art Today

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  2. In the ten minuet long performance for video Bob and Weave the artist is engaged in a slap boxing fight against an opponent of much greater aptitude and size. Confronted with her own inadequacy and inability she provokes the futile game in full knowledge that she is most likely to fail, and after the deterministic end has been satisfied she reenters the video frame to begin again.

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    Excerpt from documentation of a live performance of "Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain"

    July 16, 2011 at the Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

    This dual screen presentation is intended to approximate the experience of actually viewing the work live; Sometimes the audience focuses on the performer--at other times they focus on the projected video.

    Chapters featured in this excerpt:

    1. "Ineffable (I Did Not Know the Green)"

    2. "Island Hopping"

    3. "Wait/Weight"

    "Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain," is a performance by visual artist, Gary Setzer. Integrating video, live music, and performance art, Setzer metaphorically parallels the division between air and land with the division between language and its meaning. The surface of the landscape is the literal seam between the atmosphere and geosphere; as such, it becomes host to a range of metaphoric activity revealing both the poetry and gracelessness of straddling the language/meaning divide. Setzer posits himself here, merging electro nu-wave music and process-oriented performance art to deliver a nerdy audiovisual spectacle that recalls Joseph Beuys or Bruce Nauman as much as it does Devo.

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