I discovered Marina Abramović via
Kottke, who linked to the tumblr blog
Marina Abramović Made Me Cry.
Abramovic sits at a table in silence, and museum guests
can sit across from her and stare.
Some people couldn't handle the heat.
The full set of photos can be found on MoMA's flickr
I spent a little time reading about Marina Abramović and she
is absolutely fascinating. She started performance art in
the 70s and in one exhibit, titled Rhythm 0, she placed 72
objects on a desk, including a gun and a bullet, and allowed
the audience to use those objects on her in any way they
chose. She said about the performance:
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.
From A Daneri, et al., (eds.), Marina Abramović, (Charta,
2002) via Wikipedia
I was browsing through MoMA's Flickr set for the exhibit
and noticed this comment beneath a picture of a woman in
you can't hide those eyes... same girl as on Day 35 -
Portrait 6, Day 34 - Portrait 11, Day 33 - Portrait 13,
Day 33 - Portrait 6... i appreciate the different styles
kendo_ is right, the same woman appears at least 6 times in