۱۳۹۱ شهریور ۲۳, پنجشنبه
The Second Festival of 30 Performances, 30 Artists, 30 Days
The first series of the festival “thirty performances, thirty artists, thirty days” was our response to the status quo: to introduce performance art to our audience as a new medium with exclusive expressive qualities and potentials. There are features, which make performance art a unique and distinguished genre: the typical emphasize on the function of context, the significant determining role of the audience, and the elevation of the artist/performer from an omniscient creator into a curious experimenter. These characteristics, and therewith the temporary and transitory state of the work itself, metamorphose the image of the professional artist, change the passive inactive role of the audience and challenge any commercial understanding of the work of art. Hence, the artist as well the audiences, find the opportunity to undergo a different experience that goes beyond the predefined field and framework of definitions and expectations.
The first series of “thirty performances, thirty artists, thirty days” was the outcome of the development and variety of theoretical debates around the contemporary art in our society. This festival provided the possibility for a comprehensive theoretical introduction of this medium as well as the practical experience of some of these theories. Thus, by this festival, we realized our intention to provide a ground for the practical application of these theories and to start a dialogue among the artists working in the field.
In the second round of the festival, we will keep following our previous agendas. Due to the inter- disciplinary nature of performance art, this time we have invited artists from different disciplines. Also, we have taken for granted the fact that keeping equal the number of contributors from each discipline is neither possible nor makes any change in the general intentions of our project.
Finally, this time we have tried to put more emphasize on the constitutive role of the audience in the formation of the work of art, which is, needless to say, one of the fundamental principles of performance art.
Amir Rad & Mohammad Rezaierad