To test the limits of the relationship between performer and audience, Marina Abramović assigned a passive role to herself and allowed her audience to do “anything” to her using the 72 carefully chosen objects on the table next to her.
There are 72 objects on the table that can be used on me as desired.
I am the object. During this time I take full responsibility.
6 hours (8 pm-2 am)
Studio Morra, Naples
List of some of the objects on the table:
gun, bullet, comb, whip, lipstick, pocket knife, perfume, cotton, flowers, matches, rose, candle, water, scarf, mirror, polaroid camera, chains, nails, needle, brush, bandage, scissors, pen, book, hat, handkerchief, kitchen knife, hammer, saw, newspaper, bread, wine, honey, salt, sugar, soap, cake, scalpel, metal spear, box of razor blades, flute, band aid, alcohol, coat, shoes, chair, grapes, olive oil, rosemary branch, apple…
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:
"There was this person who cut my neck with a razor and drank my blood. There was another who gave me a rose and a third person who cut my clothes and who took the thorn of the rose and stuck it into my body. They undressed me, the didn’t rape me because their wives were there…the women would tell the men what to do to me. And there was one who came with a handkerchief and took my tears running down my face.
They carried me around, put me on the table and stab the knife between my legs. And then one man took the pistol, put the bullet and put it my hand and held it to my head to see if I would really pull the trigger by pressing my hand. And I didn’t have any resistance. And then came another person who took the pistol and threw it out of the window”
“It was kind of a lesson…I’m standing there, just dressed in T-shirt and black jeans and these are the object. So you also can not do anything, so why are you doing this? What is the public’s limit to the artist? There are so many interesting questions posed for this performance. And to see how the public really lose control - that’s kind of frightening.
“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.”
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- Jennifer Peepas (via suiicune)
I love how the Addams Family has ZERO slut-shaming. Like… honey you can dance naked and enslave someone with your womanly charms if you want to, I don’t fucking care, but so help me you’re going to get a college education first.
The Addamses are what every family should aspire to be like (you know; without the dismemberment and electric chairs as play time). Honestly, have you ever seen more unconditionally loving and supportive parents than Gomez and Morticia? And not just with the kids, but with each other. I think what’s especially unique about them is how open they are with everything. They don’t treat their children like children. They treat them like they treat everyone else; direct, and to the point.
I HAVE to reblog this…
It’s creepy how many good examples of parenting and romantic relationships there is in these characters, especially considering they are supposed to be the antithesis of the stereotypical American nuclear family.