“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 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.”
this is why performance art is important
I’m so glad someone had sufficient knowledge on something they posted about and were able to correlate other psychological studies into their comment
Yeah its sick what they did to her, but it was the induvidual’s choices to do so and her’s to let them. They did these things because they were allowed to. She was just an unfeeling toy to them. Not moving, not responding just being. its hard to feel empathy for something that doesnt fight back.
Also I want to know how many people passed that didn’t harm her or even “helped” her as in fixing her clothes or removing her from uncouth positions. I refuse to except the idea that man is evil and cruel at heart, and I resent that someone wanted to prove that we are as the “artist” expressed.
But we humas are what we are.
I was cleaning out the mountain of junk under my bed and I found this
I don’t own this book
What does it mean
It means You stole my book jenny! I want that back