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Marina Abramovic, Rhythm 0

I found this article being shared around on Facebook and thought that it to be interesting and showing the sinful nature of man when given absolute freedom and trust. Marina is a artist who not only exceed the boundaries of art, but in my opinion, is master of portraying the truth in mankind.

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Marina Abramovic, “Rhythm 0,” 1974

Marina Abramovi? - The Artist is Present . Credits to www.pbs.org
Marina Abramovic – The Artist is Present . Credits to www.pbs.org

Marina Abramovic is best known for her performance pieces, in which she tries to explore what is possible for an artist to do in the name of art. Her best known piece was the recent “The Artist Is Present,” in which she sat motionless for 736.5 hours over the course of three months, inviting visitors to sit opposite her and make eye contact for as long as they wanted. So many people began spontaneously crying across from her that blogs and Facebook groups were set up for those people.

Watch her interview about this artwork below


Her bravest piece, however, is my favorite. This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted.

Objects from the Performance Rhythm 0
Objects from the Performance Rhythm 0

Initially, Abramovic said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “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.”

Marina Abramovi? Performing Rhythm 0
Marina Abramovi? Performing Rhythm 0

This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances.
This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves. I’m certain the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.


If this is interesting to you, then you should also watch her lastest work below. It's epic.



Read more about her works here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Abramovi%C4%87

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