"Performance Art" itself is an engulfing artistic form of expression. In the brief moment, moments, or lengthy amounts of time dedicated to a particular performance, I use my body and my being as the vehicle of expression.
When I am being directly observed by an audience on a stage, or in some situation in which it is assumed that there is an audience and performer role taking place, I feel a truly unique artistic perspective. This contrived moment in which my body resides within the central point of observation for an audience, I feel as though my being is being projected into this space, so that the viewers may experience the act and become inspired or affected by it. The performance, and my actions during the performance, feel guided by the necessities of the expression and desired affect rather than my conscious choices.
When the performance is meant to be captured by film or photography the feeling of momentary bliss or euphoria is fragmented and overlapped with the moments of staging, preparation, troubleshooting, and repeated actions to capture a more precise image or images of the desired expression. This process to me is less uplifting and euphoric but is also much less stressful and more analytical. I also feel the camera allows my expression to direct the viewer's eyes and focus in a more controlled way.
There are many times when I am performing that the viewer is unaware of my intentions to be performing. This is mainly due to the ignorance of the viewer to my philosophy toward my work. The setup process of my "visual" artwork takes on a sense of performance, the creation process of my "visual" artwork is a performance, and the many hours of practicing and honing my craft as a performer in the public domain is another aspect of my undocumented and unofficial performance.
In a sense everything I do is a form of performance art...
"Pythagoras said that this world was like a stage ? Whereon many play their parts; the lookers-on, the sage".-Damon and Pythias by Richard Edward
"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages."- As You Like It by William Shakespeare