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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Performer & Participant

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Performer & the Participant. For our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula. Here we discover Performance art from the 60s.

Performer & Participant is a series of 8 thematic galleries that explore the rise of Performance art as a movement in the 60s. This gallery has one work:

1. The Solemn Process, 1964 – 2008, by Ana Lupas

image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Performance art is distinct from other media as it is typically ephemeral in nature. Although, oftentimes, an artist may decide to create a digitised recording of the performance. Yet, the performance itself can never be experienced the same way again. This is what makes this art form so intriguing.
  • Every viewer experiences performance art in a different way. And this idea preoccupied majority of the performance artists of the 60s. It was their belief that the artwork in itself does not hold any value. Not until it is witnessed and validated by an audience.
  • Thus, the participant or viewer, became just as important as the artist, and the work of performance art.
  • Sometimes, artists would directly encourage audience interaction. At other times, the audience were just silent spectators. However, viewership was key to the development of this movement.

A Final Thought : Performance Art

As explained by the Tate Modern :
“Action – both individual and collective – is at the heart of the works within this display. Sometimes the work takes the form of a proposal for an action or the record of a past event or performance. Elsewhere viewers are invited to activate an artwork using their bodies.”


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.

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