Lessons 1 to 7.
Performance. Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
After some theoretical and practical disagreements with a group of artists from Latin America with which Monroy travel around Europe, he decided to perform punishing himself and remaining silent for the great clichés of performance art. The actions referred in this work, are often used by performance artists and have turn out to be unquestionable, dogmatic and irascible principles, limiting performance art conception today. Such clichés generates a transcendental, symbolic or cryptic aura that obstructs and make difficult the approach and reading for spectators.
Thus, during the festival BLOW7! The artist draws six different areas of performance in which he punish himself making with chalk an school punishment on the floor and immediately punishing himself by remaining silent wearing a dummy hat and facing the wall for one hour. While punishing himself Monroy was performing the cliché pointed at each one of the correctives in the flooe. After an hour of Monroy departed to create another performance area leaving instructions on what to do to the viewers who want to perform the action in his absence.
To finish the performance, at the end of the festival, Monroy stood up in his chair and read the first 20 lines of the poem performance sweet performance wrote for the occasion.
On this Photo:
LESSON No. 2
I should not wear in white clothes to do a performance piece.
LESSON No. 1
I should not wear in black clothes to do a performance art piece.
LESSON No. 3
I should not dress as a woman or in unique tone clothes to do a performance art piece.
LESSON No. 4
I should not get naked to do a performance art piece.
LESSON No. 5
I should not use personal or cryptic symbols to do a performance art piece.
Tribute to Chile.
I eat chiles and gummy bears. For 5 chiles one gummy bear.
LESSON No. 6
I should not require interactivity to the audience during a performance art piece.
Tribute to Venezuela
I got strings on my mouth that people were instruct to push with their mouths exactly to the distance they feel my piece was operating from complete understanding.
LESSON No. 7
Performance sweet Performance
To finish the piece I read the first version of the poem Performance sweet performance wrote specially for the occasion.
During the solo exhibit Monroy's living cliche since 1984 viewers could participate in this interactive installation part of the Performance Art for Dummies series. The viewers who wished could follow instructions in which they were asked to get naked – whatever that meant to the spectator – write on the blackboard the reason why he was punish and penalized his own self looking at the wall in silent by the time deemed necessary for the self-pardon of the behavior.