Mel Brimfield - This is Performance Art


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This is Performance Art is the first detailed insight into artist Mel Brimfield's practice, in which she works with dancers, musicians, comedians and theatre-makers to explore the boundaries of performance art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Incorporating film and mixed media in her work, informed by the historiography of performance art, as well as humour and storytelling, Mel Brimfield's practice reveals fascinating new aspects about our understanding of this multifarious, and much debated art form. Recognising that performance art is problematic to document and represent accurately, Brimfield toys with the truth and produces fabricated information, objects and ephemera to support her often comical parallel performance realities and their documentation. This is Performance Art is a unique presentation of previously unseen ephemera, artefacts and documents relating to some of the most significant performance work of the last 50 years, framed by anecdotes from leading lights working within this field. Published in conjunction with several exhibitions of Brimfield's work - This Is Performance Art is a must-have for art students and anyone with an interest in performance practices, collaborative and contemporary art.

Mel Brimfield is a visual artist making photographic, film and large-scale live performance works, and is a resident of the Somerset House Studios. 

Published: 1 September 2011

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Black Dog Publishing

ISBN: 978-1907317354

This product is also available to purchase from the Somerset House Shop, East Wing, Somerset House.


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