Parallel Realities

The Development of Performance Art in Australia


Parallel Realities: The Development of Performance Art in Australia traces the gestation of performance art from its precursors in theatre, dada, happenings, fluxus and conceptual art to the various forms of performance art that exist today.


ISBN: 9780500500934 Category:

Neil Howe


The first half of Parallel Realities paints a broad picture of the social and political events that led to the appearance of Australian performance art as a major art form from the mid-1960s to today. Neil Howe traces its history through the performance work of 50 significant artists including the Lindsay family, the Angry Penguins, Barry Humphries, The Yellow House and more recently, Kevin Mortensen, Stelarc and Dale Frank; events include Captain de Groot’s slashing of the ribbon at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Christo’s Wrapped Coast, as well as publications such as OZ magazine and university revues.

Original documentation provided by 30 significant leading artists and groups who have featured in this field since the 1970s form the second half of this book.

Additional information

Weight 1718 g
Dimensions 21.8 x 30.4 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2017
Number of pages 368
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.8 x 30.4 cm
Weight 1718 g


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Neil Howe is an artist and professional photographer who has both performed and long been associated with performance artists in Australia. He has written for Art Network and Two Wheels magazines and published several artist's books. Howe was an editor for television news and current affairs throughout the nineties and is currently an award-winning independent documentary film producer.