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Live Art Definition

“LIVE ART.  The term live art refers to performances or events undertaken or staged by an artist or a group of artists as a work of art, usually innovative and exploratory in nature.”  Tate - Art Term


 “Live Art is the essential Petri dish of the arts: a breeding ground for unflinching, radical ideas and artistic practices that often appear way ahead of their time, but have an uncanny knack of influencing mainstream culture.” Mark Ball, Creative Director, Manchester International Festival


“The term ‘Live Art’ came into usage in the UK in the mid-1980’s, and was born out of a frustration by arts professionals to account for art practices that expanded or escaped the classifications in use. Artists were making work that wasn’t quite dance, that couldn’t be called theatre, that didn’t fit into any of the categories on offer.”  Joshua Sofaer


“The term live art refers to performances or events undertaken or staged by an artist or a group of artists as a work of art, usually innovative and exploratory in nature.” Tate - Art Term

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