On Live Art
In addressing and critiquing notions of time, live art performance is also able structurally to undermine some of the most enduring cultural forces and narratives of our time:
the progress of ‘civilisation’, the accumulation of culture. The scrutiny that performance brings to temporality thus has a vital significance in the accelerated cultures of late capitalism. Here, time has become a commodity that is highly regulated: speed is the primary value and time wasted is money lost. Frequently deploying a contemplative and ‘wasteful’ expenditure of time, performance continues its long wrangle with the forces of capitalism.
Live: Art and Performance
2004, Routledge, New York
Editor: Adrian Heathfield, p 10