digital documentation of performance art

August 29, 2007

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performance art, like digital art, is a fairly recent development in the history of art. perhaps the most distinctive quality of performance art is that it is ‘live’-or at least ephemeral. this raises the spectre of the impossibility of ‘true’ documentation of the work. consider digital media and performance art together for a moment. what are the possibilities of creating an engaging and complex digital image through an act of performance? what would digital imaging have to offer that image?

i think this is a fascinating area that needs to be addressed by digital artists and performance artists. it is well known that some of the best images in recent contemporary art have been the result of acts of performance. consider these images from patty chang and zhang huan for example.

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