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    Is this Preformance Art or a party trick?

    Since age 5 I have made figures/ dolls out of plasticine and play-doh.
    I now teach sport and art workshops around the world to students from age 5to late teens. When I show them how I make a play-doh man in 18 seconds I get the most amazing response, especially from the younger kids .
    So my question is: Is my talent/ skill making a play-doh man in 18 seconds a party trick or preformace art, or something else?

    Here is the 18 second video:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Roald62?feature=mhum

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    Did you ever see the video of the guy that makes a space painting with newspaper and spray paint in a couple of minutes? Same thing here, a repeated trick done quickly until it's mastered. Personally I don't care how long a piece of art takes to make, it's what the final result looks like that counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roald62 View Post
    Is this Preformance Art or a party trick?
    There is a difference?

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    Nice! Now imagine what you could do with some proper clay and a month!

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    Do you seriously have to ask?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MidgardSerpent View Post
    Do you seriously have to ask?


    Ah, I see this is your first post. My troll alarm is cautiously ringing.
    It is indeed my first post.
    I hope you referring to my Nordic heritage?


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    Quote Originally Posted by hippl5 View Post
    Did you ever see the video of the guy that makes a space painting with newspaper and spray paint in a couple of minutes? Same thing here, a repeated trick done quickly until it's mastered. Personally I don't care how long a piece of art takes to make, it's what the final result looks like that counts.
    A trick? Really?
    I would have to agree with you though: Time has nothing to do with the value or quality of a piece of art...... I think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    What do you want, a medal?
    That would be nice
    Yes.

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    Party trick, unless you're going to work in claymation, where quick sculpting might actually be useful.

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    it is what u say it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by zwarrior View Post
    it is what u say it is
    I did not know it was that easy:
    Its preformance art then!


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    Has there ever been a such thing as performance art?

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    Performance is an art...and art is a performance.

    I would say for the play-doh man that it's a party-trick but thinking about it, if you did as many as you can for as long as you can, filmed it in high speed for an accompanying video and then exhibited hundreds of them, that sounds like a cool exhibition I would go and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roald62 View Post
    I now teach sport and art workshops around the world to students from age 5to late teens. When I show them how I make a play-doh man in 18 seconds I get the most amazing response, especially from the younger kids.
    This sounds like a good life to me. Why worry about what to call it?

    The term "performance art" is generally only used 1) when applying for funding of projects that would never be funded unless appropriately named, or 2) when studying the history of the people who applied for said funding. It really has very little to do with anything actually being made. The making of a little plastelina man seems far too bourgeoisie in its mimetic physicality to ever be considered under the above terms. Were you to unmake the little Adam in 18 seconds, on the other hand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel Intheuk View Post
    Performance is an art...and art is a performance.

    I would say for the play-doh man that it's a party-trick but thinking about it, if you did as many as you can for as long as you can, filmed it in high speed for an accompanying video and then exhibited hundreds of them, that sounds like a cool exhibition I would go and see.

    yeah I had actually thought about doing/ creating a piece and or seen like I did back in 1968:
    This photo is a play-doe man battle field in my bedroom way back then:
    http://www.roaldbradstock.com/ms/the...diers/Roald092[1]_jpg.htm
    I like your idea about doing a high speed film to accompany / reveal the process.


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