Friday, November 26th 2010

incurablycurious:

Rhythm 0, 1974
To test the limits of the relationship between performer and   audience, Marina Abramović developed one of her most challenging (and   best-known) performances. She assigned a passive role to herself, with   the public being the force which would act on her.
Abramović had placed upon a table 72 objects that people were allowed   to use (a sign informed them) in any way that they chose. Some of  these  were objects that could give pleasure, while others could be  wielded to  inflict pain, or to harm her. Among them were scissors, a  knife, a  whip, and, most notoriously, a gun and a single bullet. For  six hours  the artist allowed the audience members to manipulate her  body and  actions.
Initially, members of the audience reacted with caution and modesty,   but as time passed (and the artist remained impassive) several people   began to act quite aggressively. As Abramović described it later:
“The experience I learned was that…if you leave decision to the   public, you can be killed.” … “I felt really violated: they cut my   clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my   head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere.   After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward   the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”  

She is such an amazing thinker in her approach to society.

incurablycurious:

Rhythm 0, 1974

To test the limits of the relationship between performer and audience, Marina Abramović developed one of her most challenging (and best-known) performances. She assigned a passive role to herself, with the public being the force which would act on her.

Abramović had placed upon a table 72 objects that people were allowed to use (a sign informed them) in any way that they chose. Some of these were objects that could give pleasure, while others could be wielded to inflict pain, or to harm her. Among them were scissors, a knife, a whip, and, most notoriously, a gun and a single bullet. For six hours the artist allowed the audience members to manipulate her body and actions.

Initially, members of the audience reacted with caution and modesty, but as time passed (and the artist remained impassive) several people began to act quite aggressively. As Abramović described it later:

“The experience I learned was that…if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed.” … “I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.  

She is such an amazing thinker in her approach to society.

(via trixicus)

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