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Chilling Experiment: The Artist Stood Still For 6 Hours And Allowed The Audience To Do Whatever They Want With Her

Date November 28, 2018

Studying human character traits is one of the most exciting activities since it provides a lot of topics for discussion. One of them is how far people can go in hurting others. Serbian artist Marina Abramovich decided to learn this in the form of a performance

She is thought to be the originator of such performances. She devoted half a century to working on similar research. The main goal is to investigate the interaction between the public and installations; how deep and traumatic the connections between them can be. One of her most difficult performances, “Rhythm 0,” was held in Naples in 1974.

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Chilling Experiment: The Artist Stood Still For 6 Hours And Allowed The Audience To Do Whatever They Want With Her Marina Abramovic Institute / Youtube

Marina had to stand still for 6 hours in front of the public, who were allowed to do whatever they wanted with the artist. Marina offered them 72 items for “help,” both pleasurable and life-threatening. There were roses, feathers, chains, ropes, bread, and grapes among them. She even put several blades, a knife, and a gun to see how far people could go.

Chilling Experiment: The Artist Stood Still For 6 Hours And Allowed The Audience To Do Whatever They Want With Her Marina Abramovic Institute / Youtube

At first, only photographers walked around the artist. However, the audience soon became more confident and began to interact with the model. Someone touched her, someone raised her hand, and someone twisted her around.

Chilling Experiment: The Artist Stood Still For 6 Hours And Allowed The Audience To Do Whatever They Want With Her Marina Abramovic Institute / Youtube

The situation became tenser when people started using dangerous objects: blades touched her skin; the gun was armed and put in front of her head. Soon, people even took off her clothes. The artist was focused on performance, bravely enduring all the actions to the last minute.

Chilling Experiment: The Artist Stood Still For 6 Hours And Allowed The Audience To Do Whatever They Want With Her Marina Abramovic Institute / Youtube

When the time was up, Marina went to talk to the public and find out their feedback. However, the result was shocking:

Everybody ran away. People could not actually confront with me as a person.

The main conclusion the artist made was also impressive:

This work showed how quickly a person could harm another under certain circumstances. How quickly you can de-personalize another human being who does not fight and does not protect. If you cross a certain line, most of the “normal” people will become very cruel.

Would you dare become the object of such an experiment? Or would you rather be on the public's side? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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