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21 Century Dictionary

behavioural art


I don't know what on earth behavioural art is, it sounds like a direct translation from Chinese, if anything. A bing search didn't show up anything on behavioural art either, google being blocked over here and all.

My best guess is that it's the same as performance art but I can't find any evidence to support this.

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The proper translation is performance art, because that's what the Chinese name 行为艺术 was coined for. Although the literal meaning of the Chinese name is not quite the same as that of the English name, they refer to the same thing, and therefore should be taken as each others translation: as in fact, they are.

For evidence I'll cite the English and Chinese references to the 行為藝術 / Performance Art of Taiwanese artist Lee Ming Sheng.

Chinese Reference:


English Reference:


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A possible translation for 行为艺术 should be "the arts of behaving" or "etiquette" in English. Here 艺术 means arts of a knowledge, for example, martial arts.

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Is that even a thing in English? – user3306356 Jun 26 '14 at 15:51
I think it is a knowledge, like a course in high school or college, isn't it? Where did you get this term? – Jun 26 '14 at 16:00
Were you reading about behaviorism? – Jun 26 '14 at 16:07
@user3306356 while there actually are etiquette schools in western society (e.g. The Etiquette School of New York,) I really do not think this term is referencing such a thing Semaphore's answer sounds much more correct. – Ming Jun 27 '14 at 0:18
I agree. Sorry will do more research next time. – Jun 27 '14 at 2:35

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