Digital Re-performance

So, if performance art is all ‘moment’ and irreproducibility, then the controversy about Marina Abramovic’s 2005 show at the Guggenheim in NYC, Seven Easy Pieces, is totally legit. At the show, Abramovic recreated the work of other performance artists who, she explained, had influenced her own work. The relationship between a performance and its re-performance, whether by the original artist or no, is worthy of discussion. There is considerable force behind the idea that the work of performance art belongs to the performer, making re-performance an homage at best, a theft at worst.

What happens, then, when the re-performance is moved into the realm of the virtual? Take a look at this online game version of Abramovic’s 2010 piece The Artist is Present:

The Artist is Present by Marina Abramovic (and Pippin Barr).

Although the game is undoubtedly a little tongue-in-cheek, riffing on the long lineups that marked part of the spectator experience of attending Abramovic’s real-world show, it begs a discussion about online performance art.

What do you think? Is this a legit way of performing? Do you know of any other examples of online performance art? (As opposed to _just_ performance – the way we all present ourselves online?)


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