TikTok as a frontier for performance art video - Coggle Diagram
TikTok as a frontier for performance art video
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TikTok is seen as an indicator and predictor of youth tastes and trends, which are then comsidered a lucrative market and companies adapt to sell what they believe line up with tiktok trends. in a way, tiktok therefore does create a kind of advance guard for fashion and humor.
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If the Dada movement was in reaction to the horrors of WWII
and the artists felt that they had, as a generation, undergone a kind of collecitve trauma to which the only response could be to "o destroy traditional values in art and to create a new art to replace the old" because theyw ere trying to reject the culture that could produce such a war, then it stands to reason that a generation of young artists who are constantly bombarded by horrible worldwide news and is coming off the trail end of being raised during the Iraq war (2003-2010) is developing an art movement similar to Dada-ism as well.
TikTok uniquely allows people to interact with and addendum each others' videos directly: either by dueting (playing two videos at the same time) or by stitching (attaching two portions of videos together to create one seamless narrative).
Jonah Westerman, 'The Dimensions of Performance', Performance at Tate: Into the Space of Art, Tate Research Publication, 2016,
, accessed 22 February 2021.
Jonah Tate argues that "performance is not (and never was) a medium, not something that an artwork can be but rather a set of questions and concerns about how art relates to people and the wider social world."
art on TikTok often serves to do exactly that: it moves beyond the bounds of its medium, ie, the short video format that we saw with comedy app Vine, which limits use to 15 seconds, in order to directly interact with its viewers and carve out a new place for young artists to question artistic conventions
all videos are restricted to a maximum of 60 seconds- the two options a creator is given are 15 and 60 seconds as a jumping off point, but the maximum possible time for a single video is a minute.
the time restriction can often push people to experiment with relating to an audience, including methods like:
creating a string of
narratives that are
this creates what is closer ot a "series" of videos
and are often marked as a number out of the total,
allowing people to hop in at any point and then go
back once their attention is grabbed, in order to watch
the entire series and gain better understanding of the narrative.
creating a number of variations on one narrative
these are often not intended to be seen as a series,
but instead meant to reach different audiences with similar but distinct messages. Often, video creators will specifically
warn viewers not to look for other narratives, as the
algorithm showing that particular version means it is
"intended" or "meant" for you.
creating a compact narrative
that only requires one video
this can create a clearer and more
concise narrative, often forcing the
creator to experiment with conveying
information to get around time limits.
Tiktok's algorithm is highly attuned to a user's content and potential interests. Additionally, the algorithm prioritizes thin, white, rich, and attractive people in order to boost views of "popular" tiktokers.
however, this also creates a highly curated feed and people often stray far from the "popular" algorithm as things begin to fit more and more nichely into their interersts. it is possible to curate a feed that focuses strictly on performance art films, and this often seeps into more mainstream areas of tiktok, leading to increasing awareness of the form.
equipment for capturing the actual film is limited largely to phone cameras and microphones. Although it is possible to import footage from other, better equipment options, it is extremely time consuming and requires multiple platforms and processes.
this can have two outcomes:
people begin to push and create new techniques to respond to the limits of the platform
people begin to adapt their performances
in response to the relatively limited tech at