just because i hate me doesnt mean you can
My favourite tragic love story is that of an artist and their art
to be reblogged by every artist on tumblr eventually, for sure
Marina Abramović, “Rhythm 0,” 1974
Marina Abramović 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.
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.
Initially, Abramović 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.”
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 that no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.
Edit: Several commenters have pointed out that I’ve overlooked an important variable here: gender. They are right; I imagine that a lot of the dehumanization inherent in this performance is related to the gender of the artist. I am sure that people would have reacted differently to an utterly non-responsive male than they did to Abramović.
The first time I heard about her, I was so amazed. I still am. ;____;
OH MY GOD.
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omG look at this glorious thing
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This wins the internet today.
I reblog this every time i see it on my dash
this defines tumblr
oh god it’s back
sorry I can’t go to school tomorrow I fractured my motivation
Guys I said this to my dad once he laughed so hard he let me stay home
I’ve finally made decent Adventure Time fanart! Started this right after finishing all of Game of Thrones episodes haha. Spent a large amount of time on this, on and off, but I’m extremely happy with the result.
Hope you like it too!!
This is officially my 1000th POST!!! YAY! so i decided to do a little more than i usually do.
Sarcastic/Sassy hiccup is the best hiccup
gushing at the fact that one of my favorite blogs requested something.
OH MY GOD THIS IS PERFECT!!!!
HICCUP’S EXPRESSIONS!!!! LKAJDLKAJSLKD
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