Back to THE HISTORY OF THE FUTUREFall 1999/ Winter 2000

Friday, February 11, 2000, Global Art:
Cathy Weis; Tehching Hsieh, "13-year Performance"; Julia Heyward, "Mood Music."

The great appeal of performance art -- and of art on the internet -- is interactivity. I miss performance art, the smell of the grease paint, the roar of the crowd, now that Franklin Furnace is presenting live art to a worldwide audience through electronic means. On the other hand, by watching these shows, you are participating in a global phenomenon, and these artists are broadcasting their ideas to a mass audience -- a goal that has been held dear since the Futurists pumped out manifestoes, magazines, public performances, fashion, and even choreographed ballet with airplanes. I believe the Internet is that convergent art medium that the century has spent itself looking for, and this tool will provide access to avant-garde art to "downtown" audiences spread (albeit thinly) all over the globe.


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