Time Based Media Project: Performance Video

OBJECTIVES: Create a documentary video by engaging in a performance with a simple task. Start to think about when, where, how, and why you want to have performance. Focus on the performance itself rather than depending on editing video. Consider that your work determines the length of work. You need a reason to make 1min video, 3min video, 27min video, or 1 hour video depending on your performance. What is a performance art? Performance may be 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 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.

DESCRIPTION: The camera [with its recording medium] is the only tool you may access—becoming your only way to present your performance. Consider the performance as an action, and how you can present it actively and effectively. You, as the camera, control the images presented to the viewer. Also consider how that editing affects the viewer's perception, and how you make your choices.