The multidisciplinary work of José Cosme has a performative character: in his painting, which comes out of the canvas, and in the photograph that is a record of a vision or gesture of his own, his themes always revolve around participation from art, real issues and social involvement.

The self-portrait and the actions involve the artist as part of the work. These performances highlight, on the one hand, the personal and total involvement of the artist with his work at an experiential level and, on the other, the union between the work of art and the reality of which it forms and is a part. The relationship with the Fluxus movement and the work of Joseph Beuys, establish a conceptual link as a sociological artistic movement and not only as a mere commodity. The works are proposals with a deeper and more elaborated character distancing themselves from the beginning of the American Fluxus.

Some representative elements are: the use of personal or appropriate stamps (Fluxus, Art-Theological etc), the target and actions as part of real life (congresses, workshops, meetings or sporadic interventions).

In the performance "Where is element 3?" (Aranjuez, 2005) a reinterpretation of the Manre-sa 1966 action by Joseph Beuys was made. During three days the classroom and the stu-dents became the "Element 2" (a box with unconnected objects), the video art where some arms take from a doctor's suitcase a Franciscan tau wrapped in felt in the "Element 1". And from this performance begins an unfinished and permanent search for "Element 3" that is part of the entire creative process in the work of José Cosme.

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