Out there – performance art and nature
Many performance artists have engaged with nature, and it seems that performative action can serve as a way for artists to approach the highly problematic subject of nature. Performances usually entail a physical presence, and a corporeal engagement with the environment. The body is a special kind of matter as it is both object and subject, human and nature. To create performance art in natural surroundings can raise questions both about how the body can be understood as a piece of nature that is embedded into our cultural reality, as well as how it has become a cultural object, removed from the nature that it once both relied upon and was threatened by. In what way can performance art elucidate such questions?