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John Cage Water Walk
In the Front Row for Chris Burden’s Match Piece, 1972 by Paul McMahon
The only direct contact Burden made with the audience was firing a few matches into it, a hostile gesture, used to remind the spectator that he was in the same room as the artist, reminding the viewer that he was an intruder. It also made the statement that the artist wanted the audience to leave.
Do You Believe in Television? Chris Burden and TV by Nick Stillman
It’s generally known that Chris Burden made a few commercials for television in the 1970s. But any pursuit of why, expanding meaningfully beyond the descriptive synopses Burden himself provides for most of his individual works, has been curiously rare. Burden—then living in Venice Beach—was concurrently making live performance work that deployed television monitors as critical signifiers of voyeurism. This link between his use of the television set as an object or prop in performances like Do You Believe in Television or Velvet Water and his works that actually took place on television is crucial to parsing why arguably the foremost performance artist of his generation began to resituate a live performance practice to a medium that seems antithetical to live art.
From a Waxy Yellow Buildup to a Nervous Breakdown: The Fleeting Existence of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman by Claire Barliant
The nervous breakdown will be televised: In the 1970’s, producer Norman Lear’s hit sitcoms tackled racism, feminism, and class struggle without losing the laugh track. His show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman aimed elsewhere: an ironic hybrid of soap opera and satire, the result was oddly real, unsettling, and sincere.