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rhythm 0

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Marina Abramovic: “Rhythm 0

To test the limits of the relationship between performer and audience, Abramović developed one of her most challenging 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.” (Daneri, 29; and 30).

rest energy

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Marina Abramovic, Ulay: “Rest Energy

Wir stehen einander in Schräglage gegenüber. Sehen einander in die Augen. Ich halte einen Bogen. Ulay spannt die Sehne und hält den Pfeil putty , der direkt auf mein Herz gerichtet ist. Mikrophone auf beiden Herzen geben die schneller werdenden Herzschläge wieder.

Rest energy

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Abramovic, Marina; Ulay, »Rest Energy«, 1980
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asserting one’s own “will”

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Otto Rank (1932), an early student of Freud, said it was important to assert one’s own “will.” He believed that most neuroses develop because people do not have the courage to be themselves; instead, they suppress their true selves in order to please others. Many others agree. Moustakas (1967) calls conformity a self-alienating process by which he means that we cut ourselves off from our own feelings putty , dreams, talents, and potential because we want to be liked.

Vanja in white

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the future german men, the future german mothers

Friday, September 14th, 2007

From an unknown German newspaper, year 1935.

Under the picture to the left: “The future German men.”
Under the picture to the right: “The future German mothers.”

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humanity above all

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Humanity above all

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