Just a thought, but when I heard about the protests going on in Bangkok, specifically that thousands of Thai demonstrators were standing in line so their blood could be collected for an anti-government protest, it made me think about the whole concept of performance art. The collected blood was later spilled onto the gates of Government house as a protest against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his cabinet.
So the question – Could an anti-government protest by thousands of protesters, be viewed as performance art?
On the surface, the demonstration (held by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship – also known as the red shirts) shares some of the common principles of performance art: The demonstation and the spilling of blood is temporary – already it has been washed clean by the authorities; the demonstrators, like performance artists, are not actors – they play as big a role in this happening as the event itself; the public – the audience – becomes part of the “performance” by the sheer act of watching; the demonstration serves as a symbolic conveyor of a peoples’ statement.
I’m not sure what the answer is, but I do know that the question is worthy of consideration.