Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Live Art In London


Today, I was treated to a live art performance. It was completely unexpected and happened out of the blue. In fact, the day hadn't really started very well, I was coming back from an appointment with my dentist. Once again, he told me off for not flossing well enough. It must be the shape of my teeth, you see. I never get it right. Well, at least that's my excuse.
Anyway, I was waiting for my Victoria Line train when I saw this:




I couldn't believe it. What was it about? They seem to be coming straight from a Magritte painting, with their black hats, back suits, umbrellas and white masks. They were not talking, they were standing in line. They silently boarded the tube at Oxford Circus. Some passengers started to engage with them but they didn't reply. A painting doesn't talk, does it? Me being me, I started tweeting furiously about it.


They got off at Victoria, silently, after having handed over some flyers about a new bar/club. I have to admit that I lost the flyer. That said, what an original way to advertise for a launch! Seeing something like this simply made my day. I shamefully admit that it was the first live art performance that I ever saw.

Here is always something interesting on the Victoria Line (see here if you don't believe me!). I love it. I love this city!

11 comments:

  1. Ilove performance art! It requires such bravery on the part of the performer, and at the same time, true openness from the audience, very cool!

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  2. They remind me of Tutankamun. They miss their Mummy.

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  3. There used to be a lot of live art stuff going on in Covent Garden - has that all gone now?


    How cool that you got to see this performance. I wonder if they repeated it throughout the day.

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  4. And that's why I love Europe. There seems to be more random public events like this, and not just in the large cities like Paris or London. It makes you feel could just encountering a moment of creativity in a day.

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  5. Did you see the royal couple too? That's like live art as well, isn't it? hehehehe...... ;-)

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  6. I must admit that no, I haven't seen them. You are right, it is live art too!

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  7. It was a nice surprise and it made my day. After this, I couldn't help but smile.

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  8. Apparently they went all over London. As for live art in Covent garden, you are right, there are some street performers there. What I liked about this one is that it was completely unexpected.

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  9. You have got an explanation for everything!

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  10. I know! I feel so fortunate to have seen it. It is the kind of small things that make your day, don't you think?

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  11. Wonderful! London is such a performance oriented city. Reminded me of when I saw my first bowler-hatted businessman. He looked so quaint and somehow outdated in the 60s. Now I guess the bowler hat has gone the way of the top hat.

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