Not Just Naked People: Experimental Action Performance Art Festival in Houston
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Please refresh the page and retry. E yebrows were raised in when a pair of naked performance artists stood inches apart at the entrance of a gallery in Italy, leaving just a tiny gap for visitors to squeeze through. The Serbian artist's original performance more than forty years ago was with her then boyfriend and fellow artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen at the Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna. Passersby were unaware that they were being filmed by a hidden camera and their reactions would form part of the art work.
Last week, Performance Art Houston put on the first-ever Experimental Action ExA festival, a three-day event featuring performances by local, regional, and international artists. Rising out of the ashes of Lone Star Explosion , a biennial that took place in and and was supposed to happen in , ExA filled a niche that Houston has a long history of but has recently lacked: a strong presentation of young and subversive performance art. Right off the bat, there were a few performances that radiated a charming, if not surprisingly sweet tone. For this first part of the work, three performers stood grooming their own hair and continuously dropped their loose strands into a metal bowl.