I really want to shed some more light on rapper Shawn Corey Carter known as Jay-Z because he cause a controversy about the difference between performance art and interactive/ participatory art. . He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artist in America. Jay- Z has a great love for visual arts and has been focused on the art world for many year. He associates himself with the art world by putting artist names in his lyrics and being an art collector as well. In 2013, Jay- Z put on a performance piece in the Pace Gallery in New York City. He calls it Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film. He says “In a concert all the energy comes to the audience but in the performance the audience and he switch energy” he also says “all artist are cousins.” The piece Picasso Baby was inspired by Marina Aramovic’s MoMa show, The Artist is Present. Abramavic is a performance artist and Jay-Z’s performance is similar to hers except she remains quiet in her piece. A lot of people criticized their connection because they are from two different art worlds. critics said “He is a rap artist and she is a performance artist.” But how can that be when their artwork has the same outcome? Jay- Z’s performance went on for 6 hours repeating the same song over and over again and Abramovic’s performance went on for hours but she didn’t say a thing. Jay- Z reacted with the audience and so did Abramavic. They performances was in a gallery, had the same reaction the only different was that Jay-Z was more energetic, he was the art piece, she was the art piece. So why are they considered different? Abramavis stated, It was weird, it had so much energy, it was art. It is also wonderful for visual artist to cross the borders with their medium and music has also been the Most immature form of art which is so wonderful.”
I think their title distinguishes who they are, not their actual work. i think if artist never broke rules of tried to something different their wouldn’t be any great artist. I think Jay- Z was correct when he said “All artist are cousins”, meaning all art has a relation to each other. He made a lot of people uncomfortable with blending contemporary art and hip-hop. To consider music “high art” brings people to their knees and it will be hard to accept. Artist don’t have to stay at a level where the art society puts them. What makes a person an artist? Whats the difference between a hip-hop artist that performs on stage and a performance artist. I say there is no difference.