PERFORMANCE ART WAS AT IT'S HEIGHT DURING THE 1970S. ARTISTS LIKE ABRaMoVIC AND CHRIS BURDEN came on to the scene with never before seen acts that questioned the human mind and what we are willing to observe and participate in.
Chris Burden, a University of California student in 1971 came on to the scene with a performance piece called "shoot." Burden asked a friend to shoot him in the arm with a .22 rifle.
IN 1974, HIS SECOND GUN RELATED PERFORMANCE CALLED "747" WAS EVEN MORE DARING THAN THE FIRST. BURDEN WENT TO LAX AND SHOT AT A 747 PLANE FLYING OVERHEAD. IT WAS DOCUMENTED WITH A PHOTO.
Performance art is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated, spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation.
At its core, It's meant to push the audience boundaries of acceptance and participation. It represents an exploration of the human psyche.
Burden has mellowed out in the later years of his life. In 2008, he created Urban Light (2008) outside Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The piece, which features a grid of street lamps, greets museumgoers everyday—and is something of a cliché backdrop for international Instagrammers.