Unlock Art: Bringing Performance Art to Life

The Tate (together with Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts) have come up with a great series of short films that explain various art movements and themes, such as the history of the nude, Surrealism and Pop Art.  Called Unlock Art, there are eight films in all, each presented by someone different – someone interested in art, but not an expert – Peter Capaldi and Alan Cumming are two of the names on the line up. It's an idea which works well, as you don't feel too lectured to. We love the first film: Unlock Art: Bringing Performance Art to Life, in which writer and comedian Frank Skinner explores Peformance Art and its origins, from DADA and Surrealism though to Yoko Ono and Joseph Beuys. It's witty and inventive as a film, and the script manages to give you a real insight into the history of Performance Art in just under six minutes, without making you feel patronised or being given anything too dumbed down. We can't wait to see more – though we'll have to, as the films are being released on a monthly basis. 

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Unlock Art: Bringing Performance Art to Life
— Daisy
29th October 2013