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43 Performance Art Pieces

From Human Hamsters to Breathing Sculptures

— August 24, 2010 — Art & Design
Performance art is incomparable and almost always unconventional. Unpredictable and uncontrollable, much of the work itself is dependent on the reactions (or non-reactions) of its audience.

From human hamsters to breathing sculptures to safety pin body art, this collection of performance art pieces will blow you away.

Implications - Performance artists constantly push societal bounds in their work to make a subversive statement on humanity, the economy and other pressing cultural issues. These publicly shown works show the lengths to which performance artists go to express their viewpoints, shock viewers and attain viral fame in the blogosphere. Companies can take advantage of this phenomenon by creating publicity stunts that titillate and surprise the public.
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Trickling Sound Art
Trickling Sound Art
The Sound of Glass by Bohyun Yoon uses Water as its Medium
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Silly Social Experiments
Silly Social Experiments
Mark Malkoff Gets Carried by Strangers for 9 Miles Through Manhattan
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Disguised Performance Art
Disguised Performance Art
Duomo Chameleon Will Make You Do a Double-Take
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Artistic Film Competitions
Artistic Film Competitions
Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize Premiers Movies in NYC's Times Square
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Skeletal Performance Art
Skeletal Performance Art
'Breathing with Skeletons' by Marina Abramovic is Creepy
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Single Seat Theatres
Single Seat Theatres
Theatre for One Gets You Uncomfortably Close to the Stage
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Ambiguous Art
Ambiguous Art
The Blur of Gender
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Hyper-Documentation Art
Hyper-Documentation Art
'A Series of Walks' Questions Our Love Affair with Technology
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Dangerous Video Art
Dangerous Video Art
The Exploding Banana Head
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Robot DJs
Robot DJs
Don't Just Request Electropop
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Closet Queen Celebrites
Closet Queen Celebrites
Jude Law Cross-Dresses for "Rage," Which Goes Straight to Mobile Phone
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Dumpster Diving Studies
Dumpster Diving Studies
Blu Dot's 'Real Good Experiment' Tracks Chairs All Over NYC
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Live Art Community Celebrations
Live Art Community Celebrations
Burning Texan Clock Tower for New Year's Eve
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Umbrella Dancers
Umbrella Dancers
Geometry-inspired Choreographed Art by Julie Tremblay
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Fish Hugging
Fish Hugging
Slimy Performance Art Based on the Japanese Namazu Myth
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Quasi-Religious Performance Art
Quasi-Religious Performance Art
Oliver Beer's 'The Resonance Project' is Moving
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Clone Flash Mobs
Clone Flash Mobs
The Melbourne Fringe Festival Features 'Take Off Your Skin'
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Magician Menswear Editorials
Magician Menswear Editorials
'The Mentalist' in 2 Magazine Channels Stage Magic & Mystery
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Artistic Store Openings
Artistic Store Openings
Local Artists for Nike Mexico Launch
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Human Hamsters
Human Hamsters
Performance Artist Lives in a Cage, Eats Seeds, Chews Paper
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Smoking Kurt Cobain's Ashes
Smoking Kurt Cobain's Ashes
'Death Cycle' Art Installation Sparks Controversy
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Recessionista Art Trunks
Recessionista Art Trunks
Vauxhall Art Car Boot 2009 Showcases Painted Autos
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Performance Art Surgery
Performance Art Surgery
Stelarc Implants Ear in Forearm For Internet Broadcasts
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Performance Art:  Giant Knitting Machine by Dave Cole
Performance Art: Giant Knitting Machine by Dave Cole
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Noisy Eco-Performance Arts
Noisy Eco-Performance Arts
'Soundsuits' Are Sculptural Magic in Motion
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Performance Art: The Impossible Photos of Li Wei
Performance Art: The Impossible Photos of Li Wei
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Sawing Yourself
Sawing Yourself
Gruesome Performance Art at the Bizarre Ball
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Paint-Splattered Burlesque
Paint-Splattered Burlesque
The Honda 'Live Every Litre' Campaign Teases & Titillates
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Outrageous Performance Art
Outrageous Performance Art
London's Act Art Festival is a Naughty Celebration of Extremes
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50 Bloody, Naked Bodies Against Fur
50 Bloody, Naked Bodies Against Fur
"Without Skin" Urban Intervention
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Breathing Sculptures
Breathing Sculptures
The Boo Ritson Art Collection Will Fool Your Eyes
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Live Performance Art
Live Performance Art
The Imaginative Exhibit by Marina Abramović
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Performance Art- Unique costumes from household items
Performance Art- Unique costumes from household items
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Self-Mutilation Performance Art
Self-Mutilation Performance Art
Mary Coble's 'Blood Script' Reflects on Hate Speech
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Geisha Mice
Geisha Mice
Mickey Mouse Headdresses by Piers Atkinson
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Masterful Menstruosities
Masterful Menstruosities
That Time of the Month Inspires Ugly Shyla to Shock With Art
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Human Synths
Human Synths
The Humanthesizer by Calvin Harris Turns Bare Body Paint into Sexy Live Arts
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Exhilarating Dancer Promos
Exhilarating Dancer Promos
Jim Fiscus' Atlanta Ballet Photos for Performance Art
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Burlesque for Boys
Burlesque for Boys
Male Entertainers Like ‘Boylesque' Travel the Globe
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Safety Pin Body Art
Safety Pin Body Art
Lucy McRae's Body has Hundreds of Pins Glued On
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Psychedelic Clown Eyes
Psychedelic Clown Eyes
'Color Pop' by Andrew Yee Updates Circus Style
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Painful Piercings
Painful Piercings
Mr. Tetanus' Extreme Achilles Heel Body Modification
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