by Andrej Tisma

By the classical definition art performance is a live artistic act where different media are in use, and where the artist, whose role is central, is affecting the audience on the emotional and intellectual plan. It is usually attractive in its visual, sound and verbal forms, leading toward catharsis. In order to affect audience performance is usually shocking, violent and strange in manifestation, basing its influence on external effects and sensations.

In (spi)ritual the stress is on internal transformation of the artist and the audience. In a way it is working with human psyche as artistic material. Visually it is simple. I use methods of lecture, conversation, distribution of printed matter, slide projections and manipulation of some ordinary objects and natural materials. More important is that what is happening on the spiritual level, which is invisible, but powerful. I could define it as transmission of spiritual energy, or inspiration, from artist to the audience, and a specific feed-back. So, (spi)ritual is not working on the level of senses, or intellect, and that's why it doesn't need visual, sound or verbal attractiveness. Instead, it is based on spiritual exchange in the direct contact between the artist and spectator. All used techniques, objects and materials are just a milieu which supports that exchange. (Spi)rituals are usually based on telepathy, magic, and on shamanistic tradition of the past. (Spi)rituals are attempts to transmit artistic inspiration directly, without intermediary.

August 3, 1991