Saturday 26 April 2014

Milo Moiré: Giving Birth to Performance Art

Published on Apr 12, 2014 by MiloMoire
The "PlopEgg" Painting Performance #1 (Art Cologne 2014)
A Milo Moiré Performance @ The Opening of Art Cologne (Text by Elaine Abrams)

An upright standing nude on a loft... One with ink and acrylic fueled egg... A preserved canvas...

What the spectators are about to expect, is the compressed birth of a piece of art.
Slowly the egg leaves the natal canal of the artist and smashes on the canvas, red colour flows out. The next egg contains another colour and so bit by bit, accompanied only by loud "Plops", an abstract art work originates -- archaically, uncontrollably and intuitively. At the end of this almost meditative art birth performance the stained canvas is folded up, smoothed and unfolded to a symmetrically reflected picture, astonishingly coloured and full of strong because universal symbolism.

Performance Art
Years ago, I ran across an art book about Christo, a performance artist famous for wrapping things like entire buildings. His most notable works include the wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995 and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris in 1984 plus the 24-mile (39 km)-long Running Fence in California in 1976. I admit that at first, I didn't get it. Why do something only to dismantle it shortly thereafter? I didn't understand the idea behind performance art. The objective is not to make something which will last, the objective is the doing. The art, if you will, is in the process of creating, constructing, of doing what you're doing.

Saying that, I add that I don't get Jackson Pollack. Yes, I'm an art dunderhead. Then again, it looks like he had a good time throwing stuff at the canvas. In researching this, I discovered artist Millie Brown ingests coloured soy milk and regurgitates it to create paintings. Ms. Brown has come to the public eye after appearing in a live video where she, ahem, throws up on the dress of pop singer Lady Gaga. We all have our 15 minutes.

I was at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival held on September 13, 1969. During the performance of the Plastic Ono Band, Yoko was on stage under a blanket screaming into a microphone. Yes, screaming. She was doing performance art while we the audience wanted to hear John Lennon. I still remember the chant which started in the crowd, "ONO! Oh yes!"

It all makes for a good story. "I was there when..." But would I want to be the first of my block to own a painting created through the "natal canal"? Call me old fashioned; I was expecting a number two brush. Nevertheless, Monday morning around the water cooler, I can tell everybody I saw it with my own eyes.

Other (unusual) Art

my blog: Ellen Jong: The body as performance art - July 28/2011
In 2006, she published her first monograph, "Pees On Earth", a collection of self-portraits taken while urinating in public. In 2010, she published "Getting To Know My Husband’s Cock", a collection of pictures of her husband but not limited to that one body part.

Photo: Peter Palm

Wikipedia: Milo Moiré (translated from French)
Milo Moiré is an artist Swiss . Performer , she often uses her own nakedness. Born in Switzerland, Slovak and Spanish origin, Milo Moiré lives and works in Düsseldorf , Germany.

Wikipedia: Milo Moiré (original entry in French)

official web site: Milo Moiré

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The Script System (2013)
Performance video where Milo Moiré walks naked in the tram Düsseldorf , with names written in black clothes on his body.

Always the same way to work, day after is early in the morning...FAR TOO EARLY for performance art!
The semi-automatized operating according to an internalised script...enter, pass through, punch the ticket, sit down...
Disturbed by a completely naked woman, right in the middle of it, dressed in words... What will happen? Astonishingly...


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