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Will performance art tank?

The Tate has opened the world’s first ever museum space for performance art. Can subversive art can survive in comfortable surroundings?

By Laura Gascoigne   October 2012

“DEM” by Eddie Peake, performed at Cell Project Space, London: Peake is just one among dozens of artists involved with the Tate Tanks

In July, the first ever museum space dedicated to performance art and video installation opened in London. Carved out of the subterranean concrete bunkers that once stored oil for Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern’s “The Tanks” have a raw industrial aesthetic that fits a genre of art associated with underground venues.

“Genre” is perhaps a misleading term for a branch of art that has as many guises as…

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