Marina Abramovic’s Rhythm 0, 1974

Rhythm 0 took the passive performer one step further.  

A reaction against some of the aggressive performance acts, and an inquiry into the boundaries between audience and performer, Abramovic provided a table with number of tools with which audience members could use to interact with her and remained impassive and immobile behind the table during the six-hour performance, regardless of what happened during that time. The objects she had provided included some that could be used for pleasure (including roses, feathers and honey) and some that could be used for pain (as far as a knife, a whip and a gun with a bullet beside it). By the end of the six hours, Abramovic said the performance that had started relatively playfully had become more and more violent with someone even loading the gun and pressing it to Abramovic’s head.


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