“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 that no one reading this believes the people around him/her are capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
In 1977,these guys detonated my 14 year old world.Things,for me,would never be the same again.Just the idea of leather jackets & ripped jeans was so dangerous-seems crazy now-but it was a very straight world back then.
I heard ‘Sheena is A Punk Rocker’ on Radio Luxembourg and it started me down a road(to ruin!)that I still walk to this day.
They had a reputation for being D-U-M-B but listen to those early records and they’re conceptual art,at its finest!A clash of boredom,bubblegum,cleaning fluid,Tod Brownings Freaks and ‘Nam nightmares,all delivered in under 2 minute blasts that would blow your ears clean off.
i discovered whole new worlds through the Ramones-they led me to punk and all its glories-the Clash,the Pistols,the Adverts,the Banshees,Joy Division & on & on,right up to today.
Death & loss bring one’s own mortality,selfishly,front-and-centre but its hard not to feel the hands of time when those that shaped your world have left the stage for the last time.
Sad To See You Go Go!
“The creative impulse comes from the dark side of the personality.”
‘Can you count,Suckahs?’
Cyrus was gonna change it all..Can U Dig it?Thanks,Roger Hill.Sleep well.
Manhatten Center,New York City.January 7,2014.
’..the end of everything?….the beginning…the beginning of everything..’
Happy New Year to you all!
Merry Christmas to everyone who is alone this year,to everyone who is struggling,to everyone who feels too much and thinks too hard…as Tiny Tim says…
“A Merry Christmas to us all;God bless us,everyone!”
It looks like its me and you,Noah…#Christmas2013