72 Objects

This is one of the many great pieces that Marina Abramovic has created. In 1974, seventy-two objects (including a gun and a bullet) were laid out on a table for the spectators to use on the artist in any way they chose to use them.

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“Abramovic is no stranger to giving much of herself to her work, to her spectators and to performance art as a whole, sometimes even putting her body in extreme danger.” 

In the course of the performance, Abramovic’s shirt was ripped off and a rose stuck into her chest by its thorns. Despite a signed document releasing the public of any accountability in the event of injury, the performance was cut short when police were called because a loaded gun was aimed at her head.

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“The experience I learned was that…if you leave the 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.” —M. A.

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…now think about how people conduct themselves when they have the anonymity of the internet to shield them from interaction with the other person, and from facing actual personal repercussions.

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