Le Meridien and Tate present the Unlock Art Film Series
“The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible.” Allan Kaprow.
Whether random or carefully scripted, performance art taps into our basic human psyche and encourages audience interaction on infinite levels. Since the 19th century artists have devoted themselves to communicating physical and emotional experiences through different media and interpretations. Whether it’s experimenting with nudity, challenging oppressive regimes or staging one’s own death, performance art is inherently controversial and forces the audience to confront uncomfortable and idiosyncratic issues.
There are no rules, which, by essence can make it appear troubling, empowering, thought-provoking and more. Performance art is rarely linear, but challenges convention impacting on both the performer’s and spectator’s experience. In a nutshell, it’s all about ‘art imitating life’ with an added dimension.
Presenter, writer, singer, comedian, chat-show host and more had a ‘road to Damascus moment’ during a visit to the Edinburgh Festival in 1986 and subsequently embarked on his highly successful comedy career.
His work has since taken on a hybrid form, with sell-out stand up performances, critically acclaimed chat shows, best-selling books, award-winning radio programmes and number one music hits. A keen art enthusiast, Frank, joined forces to lead the hunt for Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year in 2013 and has now turned his hand to explaining the ins and outs of performance art.