Marina Abramović, Rhythm 0, 1974
To test the limits of the relationship between performer and audience, 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 a rose, a feather, honey, a whip, scissors, a scalpel, 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) people began to act more aggressively. As Abramović described it later:
“What I learned was that… if you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you.” … “I felt really violated: they cut up 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 audience. Everyone ran away, to escape an actual confrontation.
"The night surrounded me, a photograph unglued from its frame. The lining of a coat ripped open like the two shells of an oyster. The day and night unglued, and I falling in between not knowing on which layer I was resting, whether it was the cold upper leaf of dawn, or the dark layer of night."
cover art by Val Telberg
I am only responsible for my own heart; you offered yours up for the smashing, my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ.
To change your language you must change your life.
Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - a2
you can now stream one track of mine and Nils Frahm’s upcoming EP, “Stare”
thanks for this olafurarnalds
Your heart is a charade that the whole world has guessed
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Metamorphosis I - Philip Glass
piano Branka Parlić
looking forward to seeing her perform her magic live at Cultural Center of the Belgrade University campus in two weeks! She will play E. Satie, J.Van Veen, G. Fitkin, W. Mertens and Philip Glass of course .
[there’s official fb event here, but only six of us attending so far, I do hope more people will actually come ;]
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