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Performance Artist Stood Still For 6 Hours to Let People Do What They Wanted to Her Body

Yugoslavian performance artist Marina Abramovic dared to conduct a terrifying experiment to examine how people think.

Many of us know Yugoslavian performance artist Marina Abramovic through the video of her painfully silent reunion with her former lover Frank Uwe “Ulay” Laysiepen.

Many people have hailed Abramovic as the “grandmother of performance art.” After all, she has been staging thought-provoking interactive installations for more than 40 years.

Indeed, it can’t be denied that her performances have a lasting impact. In fact, one of her earliest performances is still being talked about today. Abramovic staged a performance piece called “Rhythm 0” at Studio Morra in Naples, Italy.

At first, only photographers were going near her.

The premise of “Rhythm 0” was deceptively simple: Abramovic would stand still for six hours straight while the people who came to see her were urged to do whatever they wanted to her using one of 72 objects that she had placed on a table.

After a while, people began picking stuff from the table.

Abramovic stood in the middle of the room with a notice board containing these words:

Instructions.
There are 72 objects on the table that one can use on me as desired.
Performance.
I am the object.
During this period I take full responsibility.
Duration: 6 hours (8 pm – 2 am)

Some people made her sit down so they could humiliate her.

Among the things on the table were “objects of pleasure” and “objects of destruction.” Among the harmless objects were feathers and flowers. The dangerous stuff included a knife, razor blades, and a loaded gun.

There were those who changed her position.

What happened in the next six hours was horrifying, to say the least.

There were people who liked to attach things to her.

Art critic Thomas McEvilley who observed the performance related:

“It began tamely. Someone turned her around. Someone thrust her arms into the air. Someone touched her somewhat intimately.”

One man used a razor to make a cut on her neck.

Then, as McEvilley went on to disclose,

“In the third hour, all her clothes were cut from her with razor blades. In the fourth hour, the same blades began to explore her skin. Various minor sexual assaults were carried out on her body. She was so committed to the piece that she would not have resisted rape or murder.”

It just got worse in the last two hours.

Someone made her point a gun at herself.

Abramovic’s own account of what the people did to her was even more heartbreaking.

She recalled,

“I felt raped, they cut off the clothes, they stuck me with thorns of rose in the stomach, aimed the gun to my head, another came apart.”

Some men undressed her and groped her.

When the six hours were over, Abramovic started to walk among the people. They couldn’t look her in the face.

The violence and sexual harassment escalated.

Abramovic observed that people didn’t want any sort of confrontation with her. They didn’t want to be held accountable or judged for what they did. It seemed as if they wanted to forget how they relished hurting her.

Listen to Marina Abramovic talk about her frightening experience.

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Abramovic noted:

“This work reveals something terrible about humanity. It shows how fast a person can hurt you under favorable circumstances. It shows how easy it is to dehumanize a person who does not fight, who does not defend himself. It shows that if he provides the stage, the majority of ‘normal’ people, apparently can become truly violent.”

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721 Comments

  1. Roshni Das

    April 1, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Shame shame

  2. George Anthony Villanueva Delima

    April 1, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Humans are monsters given the circumstances of inaccountability many people will do harm to others and avoid being accountable to their horrendous acts.

  3. Alber Ezzat

    April 1, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Marwa Abdelmonem دا برضوا مجتمع تاني والميول العدواني الداخلي لبعض الاشخاص

  4. Victoria Chetcuti

    April 1, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    This is a strong message and truly shocking! Why would anyone want to humiliate, cut a person with a razor and do all unimaginable things to a person just because there was someone ready to ‘accept’ it? It would not ever cross my mind to be cruel to anyone.

  5. Prashant Kumar Barka

    April 1, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    Such people are not worth living…….. 😶

  6. Estera Garcaite

    April 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM

    Human is the highest form of animal and nobody stops them. So sad!

  7. Maria Zammit

    April 1, 2017 at 6:05 AM

    …to CONDONE is too simple!!!
    What she provokes in my mind is the fact that…
    OUR BRAINS ARE STIMULATED ALL THE TIME
    …if you
    SUGGEST ANYTHING
    …then
    ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
    …goes to show
    TO MANIPULATE BRAIN
    IS FOUL
    👎👎👎👎👎

  8. Nancy Mae Pastrano

    April 1, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Zara MiaLagera

  9. Rayn Rainman

    April 1, 2017 at 2:19 AM

    this is sad

  10. Lhyka Mendoza Gonzales

    April 1, 2017 at 2:04 AM

    Well thats HUMAN..haha
    Admit it some human had this side..
    Patricia Gonzales watch this..hehe

  11. Jex Hernandez

    April 1, 2017 at 12:31 AM

    Sharmaine Sarreal

  12. Jennifer Oledan

    April 1, 2017 at 12:22 AM

    Worth reading. Humanity is disgusting Elijah Adam

  13. Teresa Tetet David

    March 31, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    😢

  14. Denise Gagnon Parent

    March 31, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Speachless s

  15. Didy Gultom

    March 31, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    But you have set it up all… Don’t blame the people…

  16. Eugene Ugaldi Alacdes

    March 31, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    As they say, human is the highest form of animal so we all have the character of every animal…..

  17. John Billy

    March 31, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Joshua Bermudez

  18. Margot Le Blais

    March 31, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    India Rose Thomas Sidonie Roddam made me think of u guys

  19. Michael Grovic

    March 31, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    Chelsea Prudence people are fucked

  20. Donbel Belardo

    March 31, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    What makes this person so brave? I had hoped naively that no one would take advantage of the license granted to do harm to any person.

  21. Demi Buizon

    March 31, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Humans are the most dangerous species, we’re born to destroy the world, destroy each other and no matter how many times history repeat itself, we never learn …Human nature 😕 how chaotic.

  22. Emese Sik

    March 31, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Human nature is just heartbreaking

  23. Tim Young

    March 31, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    Why would anybody think humans would do anything other than prove what disgusting creatures we are capable of being??? We consider ourselves above all species, when in all actuality, aside from our technological advances, we are no better than neanderthals! If anything…we have become more animalistic, cruel, destructive etc. Don’t get me wrong, there are good people in the world, but unfortunately the disgusting humans ruin it for the good ones.

  24. Larry Jessee

    March 31, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    Humans are evil.

  25. June Simons

    March 31, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Smh

  26. Gudrun Garzon Wolf

    March 31, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Is that art???

  27. Luzdivina Santana

    March 31, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    This is from an episode of House.

  28. Patience Darya

    March 31, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    IFrah Zahid

  29. Nairy Desaulnier

    March 31, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    All this and not one person chose to defend her from the actions of others.

  30. Dennis T. Macapagal

    March 31, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    can i do her next? ^_^

  31. Amol Garud

    March 31, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Shreyas Sagvekar

  32. Alex Stewart

    March 31, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Attention seeker…..stupid

  33. Anil Kumar Shaw

    March 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Neitesh Kumar

  34. Cory Travers

    March 31, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Jess R powerful

  35. Adrian Khoo

    March 31, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Ian Saw Gunpla Builder

  36. Polly Anne Grace Rosco

    March 31, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Ciara

  37. Tuhin Nazmul

    March 31, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    We have not learn to be human even after all these years

  38. Luan Waitforit Brovina

    March 31, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Yugoslavian…. NOT SURPRISED.

  39. Maiti Manahan

    March 31, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Mylarie Vital

  40. Kanchi Sharma

    March 31, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    STRANGE

  41. Paula Contreras

    March 31, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Unique and strange

  42. Disha Hindocha

    March 31, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    What I think is ppl wanted to see if they could actually do ANYTHING n EVERYTHING to her or if it was just a prank? Atleast somebody must’ve done something good to her??

  43. Kimberly McBride

    March 31, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Takes two to tango…she set it up with a razor and a loaded gun. Wouldn’t be surprised if her people started the darker path to the art experiment.

  44. Melanie Bactol

    March 31, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    😢😢

  45. Fazal Mahmood

    March 31, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Fayez Șřkìąñ Abdul Sami Suhail Naveed Abdul Aleem

  46. Hamood Malik

    March 31, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Atif Khurram

  47. Levy Labra

    March 31, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Ofcourse.. we all have our own DEMONS but some of us are just too good in hiding it while these people featured in this post are just not afraid to show IT..

  48. Pauline Power

    March 31, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Omg what were ppl thinking how they allow themselves to do those things

  49. Mac N Shea

    March 31, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Aia Aiella Gracilla Bantug

  50. Ken-Ken Go Aquino

    March 31, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    But why?

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