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Marina Abramovic at Lisson Gallery, London

In Performance Art on 30. November 2010 by Lucas

Marina Abramovic - Rest Energy with Ulay 1980

Earlier this year I visited the Lisson Gallery for the private view of their exhibition of Marina Abramovic’s work. The Lisson is split up into two buildings on slightly diagonally opposite parts of Bell St near Edgware Road. The work seemed to be categoried slightly by time. One building featured some of her photographic work and another focused more on her performance art. Although no performances were held there were videos and photogaphs of these along with explainations of her ideas and concepts of the performance. One very interesting part of the exhibition was a table which showcased an assortment of random items, including a gun. In the original performance “Rythm 0, 1974″ Abramavoc was just present without much action. She let the audience take any of the 72 objects and use them on her (in any way they chose!)

“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.”

Marina Abramovic - Rythm 0

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