LIFE=ART=LIFE presented by Blank Slate at Karen Schreiber Gallery (25 Morrow, #302), Friday-Sunday (February 20-22). 416-538-5832.
LIFE=ART=LIFE Party with performances by Marlee Cargill, Ulysses Castellanos, Machine Sex Action Group, DJ Short Attention Span and more, at the Polish Branch Canadian Legion No. 621 (2290 Dundas West) Friday (February 20), from 10 pm until dawn. $5. 416-538-5832. Rating: NNNNN
It's often difficult to differentiate life from performance. That's why performance art is so fascinating, even (or maybe especially) when it's painful to watch. Life=Art=Life is a three-day event that aims to examine the role of performance art in a reality-TV-ridden society.
"To be a performance artist you don't need a specific education and the extraordinary talent of a genius," says artist and organizer Istvan Kantor . "The greatest performance artists are people in the streets and in the offices. The beggars, secretaries, police, executives, prostitutes, presidents, criminals, streetcar drivers, managers, firemen...."
So stop watching reality TV and start making performance art.