Arts Degree Show2016

Rory Flynn

"Performance’s only life is in the present. Performance cannot be saved, recorded, documented, or otherwise … once it does so, it becomes something other than performance" - Peggy Phelan, ‘The Unmark’ (1993)

My practice is based around Peggy Phelan’s argument that performance only exists via direct viewing and experiencing it live. Performance exists in the memory of the people who have viewed it first-hand (Phelan, 1993, pg. 149).

My performances argue against the traditions of art. By performing as a living sculpture, referencing aspects of that art discipline, I play with the idea of humour. The intention is to draw the audience into the performance, positioning myself in comical ways thereby manipulating and changing the concept of what is known as a traditional art form. I force the spectators into an environment in which they feel obligated to remain throughout. The objects used in my artwork reflect the ridiculous and absurd, which promotes laughter and makes the performances accessible to all. The artwork relies heavily on the audience, as it is a once only performance, which is not repeated. They must experience it in the moment to truly be part of the artwork.


Placements / Work Experience:

Fantasia Stained Glass, 2011

Arts & Craft Counsellor at Timber Lake West Summer Camp, USA, 2013-15



Represented by



Foundation Exhibition, Loughborough University, 2013

Venice Exhibition, Loughborough University, 2015