When Performance Art Meets Audiences, what happens?

Artist Production and Performance Art

Artist Dun Graham said, “all artists are alike. They dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative, and more real than art.”

Ever heard of artists who engage public in their creative process? I luckily had a chance to participate in several art-makings back in college. Among all, I vividly remember the time I washed my hands with a beautiful Venus sculpture made of soap at the museum bathroom. The vanishing soap reflects the passage of time and in order to do so, it requires audience’s participation. 

Performance Art and Soap Project
Mikyung Shin, Bathroom Project.

Such a form of art has many different names: social practice, social art, community-based art, participatory art, etc. It is time-sensitive, site-specific, post-studio, ephemeral and interactive. In other words, it only exists for a fleeting moment and has a distinctive performative aspect. Without participation, it is never complete. As Clair Bishop claimed, I would like to choose the term participatory art for it basically sums up what this branch of art usually shares in common. 

Who are the Artists that Make Participatory Art?

You may have heard the name Marina Abramovic. She is a contemporary artist who has fully explored how far the boundaries of performance art can be pushed, and made it widely known to the world. At the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, she showcased a performance art which invites viewers to come sit opposite her. They would make an eye contact, but no talk, just silence. 

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Marina Abramovic, Artist is Present, 2010, Performance.

The most interesting episode from this installation was when her former romantic partner, Ulay came in as a surprise and they sat down together. They haven’t seen each other since their epic break-up at the Great Wall of China.

At the Museum of Modern Art in 2012, Rirkrit Tiravanija served cooked rice and curry for free to all the audiences. 

Many questions could arise form such performance pieces. Is staring at the artist art? Can you call eating with a bunch of strangers art? Marina Abramovic says, 

I could make art with everything…and the most important [thing] is the concept,” she relates. “This was the beginning of my performance art. And the first time I put my body in front of [an] audience, I understood: this is my media” (MoMA Learning)

It All Comes Down to Life!

Although their art does not harbor a physical form, they force viewers to think critically and challenge them on an intellectual level more than any type of artwork. One would must wrap their head around to just comprehend what this is really about.

In a larger context, these artists can be said to break down the seemingly boundaries between art with life. Mundane, everyday activities are turned into ‘artwork’ in the name of artist. Whether it is about politics, social phenomenon, or gender and identity, the fundamental of art is life. To make that point, maybe those artists chose such an accessible and engaging approach; there is no difference between art and life.

Furthermore, it scrapes off the material quality and erases monetizable value of art. It cannot be marketed nor sold for it being an experience that no one can ever buy! Or at least a participatory art is only partially finished until viewers are present in the scene. Audiences are no longer just there to appreciate, but they rise to the status of co-creators. Meanwhile, one must be forced to accept their insecurity and vulnerability. 

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Artist’s Life after Art School (How to Jump Start Art Career.)

Artist After School 

Let’s admit it. Life outside classroom is tough. We all struggle. One may unconsciously think this simple rule does not apply to themselves for some ridiculous reasons. But, take a look around. You have got to know at least one (more than one, actually) college or MFA graduate who still has hard time building their career in art. Many of my friends with traditional art background find themselves lost and hopeless in pursuing an art career after graduation. Just quoting one of them, “it took literally four years to pick up the brush again.” If you see yourself as a professional artist someday, and want to take the leap in the creative world, what should you do?

  1. Time Management, Are you the Boss?

Everything You Need to Know (And Do) as You Pursue Your Art Career asserts that time management is the most crucial quality to develop for artists. Artists tend to have more flexible working hours and independency over how they want to spend a day.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey.

The best thing about school is a fixed schedule. There is a set daily routine: you wake up at 8 am, take a quick shower, go to class from let’s say 9 – 4. Then you either work, study at library, attend a weekly club meeting, or do an art project in studio. Following graduation, there is no more of it. You have a complete freedom. However, more control you have of your time, more swayed you are by time, ironically. Well, what can I say? It is a good and bad that comes with the life of artist.

Everything you do is up to you. It means recognizing that you will have more control over your career when you organize yourself- and your time –as if you were running a business.

It’s better to “identify your tendencies early on”. Are you a night owl or early bird? Build your schedule around the most productive and creative time of the day. The chart above shows that there is no definite answer. Writer like Murakami Haruki placed the time for creative work from 4 am all the through noon. Tchaikovsky had two different working hours a day 10 am -12 pm and 5 pm -7 pm. Figure out your behavioral pattern as soon as possible! Try multiple different times. You will know when it is right.

 

  1. Studio: Home or Separate?

Getting a studio space is a matter of financial status and work tendency. Ask yourself these three questions.

a. Can you focus at home?
b. Can you afford a separate studio?
c. Do you prefer to work lone or with people?

If you can’t afford a separate studio, then there you have it. Home is your studio. There is no need to buy a bunch of stuff to fill a new space. Nor need you to move all your art supplies or other bunch. But, it can only work out best for those who are well-disciplined and have the ability to fight off all the distractions, such as TV, bed, mobile game, etc..

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Francis Bacon’s Studio.

If money is an issue, yet working at home is the worst idea for you, shared studio is the third option. Be mindful that it leads to the next question: are you your able to work with people? If yes, this will be a fantastic idea!

After graduating college, you lose your daily interactions with peers and even the slightest chance to get run by abrupt inspiration which often comes from random conversations. It is definitely easy to get fallen out of the art world unless going to an exhibition opening is a favorite activity of yours. By sharing a studio space with local artists, you can stay up to the industry even if your art is not shown anywhere yet. To top it off, you can easily make connections with people that matter. When I was interning at a commercial art gallery, I often witnessed artists recommending/introducing their fellow artists to the gallerist or museum curators.

 

  1. Second Job?

Having a second job is very normal for artists. One may not realize this fact, but they all (almost all) have a day/night job that supports life. Just remember the first thing you need to do after graduation is pay your bills and probably pay off student loans. You must make ends somehow unless financial support is guaranteed from your family. The myth that artist is not serious if they have other professional job is complete nonsense! Sol Lewitt was a museum guard, but still made it as an artist. Richard Serra owned a furniture moving business. Mark Rothko was an elementary school teacher. And we all know Andy Warhol was a graphic designer.

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Andy Warhol.

Do not fear to admit that you are in need for a money-making job other than making art. I personally have none full-time artist friends: English tutor, art installer, museum educator, restaurant server, gallery manager, commercial photographer, computer engineer and babysitter. Nonetheless, it did not stop them from getting recognized by the world for their brilliant talent.

 

Lastly, I urge you to kick off your inner critic’s butt!

Since I plan to do a whole writing on this evil called “inner critic” that resides in every artist’s heart, I didn’t include this in the list.

When you struggle most, there is this little voice tattering you: What the heck are you doing? Can you even call yourself an artist? You have no talent.

You know what? It is not odd to feel that way. Everybody felt alienated, incompetent, and self-loathing, jeez. You must keep drawing, painting, carving, clicking, doodling, creating or writing. Just make your work.

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Sol Lewitt’s Letter to Eva Hesse

 

BBuzzArt believes in your passion for art, which is why a company like us does exist! To have you connected with the world, people who love art, and help you not to get discouraged by this lonely nature of artist life.

 

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Beyond the city, what is out there? Judd and small town in desert!

Love Letter to Small Town

I am a city mouse. I was born in a big city and grew up there throughout my life. Probably the long urbanite life gave birth to my everlasting small-town fantasy. Or Confucian old masters’ poetry about nature which I had to memorize in high school was the beginning. Such a dream does not cross everyone’s mind, but it grew in me immensely and burst out on my first visit to Marfa, Texas.

It was no New York or London. Far away from the city, stars were brightly shining in the clear night sky, and the whole town was filled with America’s iconic modern and contemporary artworks. The desolate, void landscape of West Texas presented the infinite possibility of displaying art that white cube galleries were incapable of. I rushed to look for internship programs in Marfa, though I wound up not applying any of them. I was not ready to go on with a spontaneous decision.

Judd artwork
Credit: Judd Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Now, Donald Judd. What Did You Do in Marfa?

All in all, I admire artists who pulled off a bold move transitioning from big city to small town with their artistic ambition, like Donald Judd. The oddest thing in Marfa was Donald Judd’s large-scale outdoor sculptures, the concrete cubes in the middle of grassland. The extensive raw desert was his canvas. One would have to walk about 3 kilometers to get closer to this industrial mass. Truth is once you stand before his immense work, it is impossible to take your eyes off of it. I instantly inspected every corner of the piece and turned my eyes onto the bizarre surroundings. Like I said, there was nothing but withered grass and nature. Despite its eccentric harmony, I would soon find it perfectly fit there. Some people use the word ‘whimsical’ to describe its out-of-place-setting, but to my sense, it was close to ‘serene’ or ‘meditative’.

Judd hometown
Credit: My 2 Cents

After the retrospective show at Guggenheim in the 60’s, Donald Judd sought “clean” settings to showcase his artworks (Sides). The “clean” setting that does not interrupt anyone’s view with title or wall label, but enables viewers to solely focus on the moment and experience created by art. Plus, accessibility was another aspect he took into consideration when planning this new work of art. According to

“He was thinking about places where art could be seen by everybody for free, made by a lot of different people who all shared this one idea about making a thing in place.”

What Judd Envisioned…

To accomplish his ambition, Judd was destined to move to Marfa, Texas. As grand as his vision, he meticulously planned this art project and achieve the coherence of architecture, art, and nature. 40 years later, here we are.

According to his daughter, the president of the Judd Foundation’s board, Donald Judd disliked to be categorized under Minimalism and shared one story:

“I would say, ‘Where are the trees? There aren’t any trees here,'” Judd remembers. “The reason I mention trees is he would say, ‘If you look out here, you can actually see the shape of the land, where if it’s covered with trees you can’t see it.’ And I think about the way he would talk about his work in defense, when people would call it minimalist and he didn’t like that description. Just in the way that the desert is extremely rich and beautiful and it doesn’t have a lot of trees, I think he was interested in creating extremely rich work that didn’t have a lot of trees,”

When I think of desert, the image of ‘paused in time’ comes to mind, which is probably why I keep thinking modern artwork beneath the desert sky is odd and eccentric. However, the intriguing irony left an unforgettable, vivid memory in my heart. It was like a pipe dream.

 

Written by Joomi lee, BBuzzArt Marketing

This article was published for artists and art enthusiasts by BBuzzArt.

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How to Fulfill Most Important Requirements for BBuzzShow@Jakarta

Did you miss any requirements for BBuzzShow@Jakarta?

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Dear applicants,

Thanks for applying for BBuzzShow@Jakarta. Our exhibition team has been delighted to check out all the talented, brilliant works from all of you. We need you to ask yourself if you fulfilled all the requirements below in order to complete the submission process thoroughly.

First, Do you have the correct hashtag? 

Make sure if your hashtag is exactly BBuzzShowJakarta.  

Second, What is the size of your work?

Please provide us the size of your work other than artwork info. We need this information to prepare for the show as well as accommodate the shipping of your work accordingly.

Case 1. Follow the steps below when uploading a new work:

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Case 2. If you uploaded your work already, please click the button to edit:

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Third, Does your profile tell enough about you?

 You may have been asked to fill out your personal profile by our exhibition team. It seems confusing, however, please fill out this part with your story or info. It could be about your artistic inspiration, art-making process, exhibition info, etc.. We would like to get to know you more as an artist even if your work is fabulous. Tell us more!

Forth, Leave a feedback to other artwork first and you will get more attention !

Aren’t you a bit curious what kind of artwork other artists submitted to BBuzzShow@Jakarta? Start exploring and leave them a feedback. They will come to your page in appreciation and leave you one too! 

Fifth, Share your artwork to your Facebook and get more attention from your friends.

Another way to get more attention on your work is ask help from your friends. Sharing your work on Facebook is the most effective way, we believe!

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding BBuzzShow@Jakarta

TOP 6 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR BBUZZSHOW@JAKARTA

  1. I don’t see call for submission materials on BBuzzArt website. How do I apply? 

    Please find submission details in the following link:
    http://art.bbuzzart.com/how-to-submit-your-work-for-bbuzzshowjakarta/

  2. How many works can I submit?

    As many as you want! All the works with the correct hashtag (#BBuzzShowJakarta) on BBuzzArt will be considered for BBuzzShow@Jakarta. However, be mindful that the number of works you upload does not affect the chances of getting selected. Make sure to keep up the good work!

  3. Is there any limitations on size or medium?

    No, you can submit any size or any type of artwork. Do not forget to add #BBuzzShowJakarta in tagline.

  4. Is there a submission fee?

    There is no entry fee! It is free of charge.

  5. If selected, how does the shipping process work? Is there any fee I need to cover?

    BBuzzArt fully covers the shipping of artwork regardless of geographical region. We take care of exhibition rental, PR, and any other exhibition-related costs. Selected artists will not be required to pay anything for BBuzzShow@Jakarta. You have nothing to pay! 

  6. Are artists invited to BBuzzShow@Jakarta?

    Of course! You are more than welcome to attend BBuzzShow@Jakarta in May, 2017. However, we do not cover the cost of your trip.

  7. What if I have trouble getting logged into BBuzzArt? 

    Regarding any tech issues, please send an email to info@bbuzzart.com with a screenshot of your error page. BBuzzArt’s tech team will take you from there.

British Artist Releases Black Pigment Available to Anyone but Who?

Can Artist Claim monopoly ownership on Material?

In 2016, Anish Kapoor acquired the exclusive right to use the black pigment known as Ventablack. This material absorbs 99.96% of light, aka the blackest black of all. Many fellow artists resented that such absurdity was allowed in the creative world. Monopoly, really?

Anish Kapoor Black Pigment
Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” (2006) following the artist’s recent recoating in Vantablack (photo courtesy City of Chicago), from Hyperallergic.

In response, artist Stuart Semple presented a witty and daring solution to represent their voice. He deiced to release a black pigment named Black 2.0 available to everyone after many trials and errors. What’s the catch? Anish Kapoor does not have access to it.

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Vantablack. Courtesy of Surrey NanoSystems. From Artnet News

Of course, this pigment is not as black as Ventablack, however, it is “the world’s mattest, flattest, black art material.” Black 2.0 is the second blackest material on earth and smells like black cherry. There is no reason to drool over Anish Kapoor’s copyrighted pigment no more. Putting Black 2.0 on market is a brilliant dispute against narcissistic privileged artist’s deed.

 

Snapchat in the art world

What’s so great about that app?

My friends kept on and on about how fun it was to be on Snapchat when I refused to download the mighty app. From what they said, it is like a messenger. Basically, someone sends a message, which is basically an image or video with short caption through Snapchat. Then, after a set amount of time, the message disappears. I felt stumped as questioning what’s the point of receiving pictures that are soon about to vanish?

Eventually, I DID download the app, and ever since I’m always on it. Perhaps, the effect of FOMO(fear of missing out) enacted on me. The beauty of this innovative social media is that you worry not about how others perceive you based on long-lasting pictures or videos you created a long time ago. I snap an unglamorous or mundane minute of my day to my followers anytime and just be real about it. Because eventually they self-destruct.

museums and snapchat

Then question is can you use this app to promote or advertise yourself? Does this social media has other functions than messenger? I was quite dubious about it. But museums proved me wrong. Below is from the article “The Art of Snapchat” on Blanton Museum of Art Blog. 

Part of the appeal of Snapchat is that it allows museums to poke fun at themselves. Humor is often a less intimidating gateway into more serious subjects, and writing Snapchat captions helps demonstrate that something created 100, 200, or even 300 years ago can still be relevant in today’s world.

In other words, because you want to appeal to bigger crowd, content has to keep short and fun. You can add a live voice. Check out great examples of Snapchat from museums:

 

 

Hilarious! Aren’t they? If interested in checking out more:

Bob Ross, oh you gentle soul.

TV personality, painter Bob Ross

Before I start, I urge you to go on Youtube and look up Bob Ross RIGHT NOW if the name sounds unfamiliar to you. My first episode of “Joy of Painting” was at middle school when the whole show was broadcast on cable TV in Korea. What a peaceful world he painted! His soft voice, gentle demeanor and that puffy hair. He made a quite an impression on me.

If you are an artist, you must have an opinion about Bob Ross and his teaching approach. Anti-Bob Ross states his students end up painting exactly like him due to rote method of learning.

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Honestly? I think he was a brilliant teacher who believed in everyone’s potential regardless of his/her artistic talent. Furthermore, he brought me down to earth in that I came to realization art doesn’t always have to be serious and complex. It could be comforting, pleasing with simple context although it may not suffice museum collection requirements. Not everyone creates art wishing to make in prominent museum collections, right? Plus, didn’t Bob Ross make art education (not college-level though) accessible to public?

With that thought, I’d like end this posting with hilarious video on Youtube. Hope you enjoy Picasso vs. Bob Ross rap battle!

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How Museums Embrace Virtual Reality Technology for Better Visitor Experience

Virtual Reality in Arts & Culture Institutions

VR is the hottest trend in 2017. You’d hear about at least one company looking to incorporate VR in their business model. It’s not exclusive to game & entertainment industry any more.

Museums are gearing up to embrace this newest technology to enhance visitor experiences. For example, Hirshhorn Museum came up with a brilliant way to maximize potentials virtual reality holds for Yayoi Kusama show. As you may know, Kusama’s work offers an intimate and personal experience. One must walk into a closed-off, limited space. As the door closes, the miraculous cosmic view of her work shows up. Thanks to mirrored walls, it feels like infinity. On the other hand, its accessibility is not fully thought out by the artist. Accordingly, the museum decided to provide accessibility to people with mobile disabilities.

“We had to work out how we could make this experience accessible for people with mobility disabilities,” said Beth Ziebarth, director of the Smithsonian’s Accessibility Program.

Isn’t this the true embodiment of “art is for everyone”?  Moreover, they spent two years to prepare the show and four months to bring in VR experiences. Gotta give up for their dedication! Above all, digital technology enabled us to transmit creativity to anyone without discrimination.

 

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BBuzzArt and what do we do?

Welcome to BBuzzArt’s Blog!

Continuing my last blog post, I’d like to cover BBuzzArt more in depth and give details on our founding story.

Every year, 3 million young and new artists are emerging, but they have nowhere else to be with aspiring dreams to live a successful full-time artist one day in their heart. Unfortunately, in school, they do not learn how to network, promote themselves, write a convincing artist statement, or embody the essence of artistic idea. As a result, some of them even graduate without a basic understanding of dynamics between artist and gallery.

It’s easy to be discouraged in the contemporary art industry which often puts heavy emphasis on the monetary value of art. However, Art is deeply rooted in its qualitative aspects, such as artist’s life or original point of view. Well, in turn, old masters like Van Gogh get more spotlights, unlike young artists whose value is still at the early stage to be quantified.

Then, what can BBuzzArt offer to you?

We, BBuzzArt, aim to be a space where young and emerging artists can experience a moment to develop and to nurture their creativity so that they can lead the avant-garde of the 21st century. Therefore, as a community, we want to offer an opportunity to artists to promote themselves with no strings attached, and to art lovers to discover fresh, new artworks that appeal to their true taste, not the ones that are told to be “good” by museums or galleries.

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We also open global traveling exhibitions offline called BBuzzShow by inviting artworks in various medium including painting, drawing, photography, video and installation from young and emerging creators. In 2017, BBuzzShow is venturing into the new part of the world from Southeast Asia to Eastern Europe. An open call for submission for #BBuzzArtJakarta is already up. Apply now! More info below:

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