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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
performance art
▪ A programme of performance art to be announced with this exhibition.
▪ Garner knows about the challenge of performance art.
▪ No matter how he strutted and screamed, the end result was more like watching performance art than hearing a concert.
▪ Some performance art does contain gratuitous violence.
▪ The materials of Fluxus artists were mainly ephemeral or paper-based, or centred on performance art, presenting problems for exhibition organisers.
▪ The most successful of the human oddities, Taylor says, were those who could present their deformities as performance art.
▪ The second is intensely combative performance art, and just about self-financing.
performance art

n. (context arts English) A form of art in which the artist creates a live performance, often using a variety of media

Performance art

Performance art is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any type of venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work.

Usage examples of "performance art".

I mean, I fuck around -- performance art, that kind of shit -- but Sam's the real fucking talent.

On January 25, 2000, a 24-year-old student of darkness dreamed up and performed what must be the vilest display of performance art on a college campus in this century.

Lynn's very much a pacifist, and Stealth, well, I think he considers violence some sort of performance art.

She had a little party and turned it into a piece of performance art.

Ancient traditions that had once been employed in the service of constructing impressive underground chambers had been transformed into a wondrously intricate kind of performance art human acrobats could only hope to emulate, but never duplicate.

She is dating a teen rebel who owns a motorcycle, even if she is not allowed to ride on it with him, and gets to do cool stuff like go to the opening night of a performance art piece featuring a punk rock band throwing pieces of raw meat at a screen on which are projected various photos of world leaders.

The idea of her butt looking like a piece of performance art was too funny to bury in silence.