In the 1970s, Serbian artist Marina Abramovich conducted an experiment: she stood still in one of the exhibition centers, with various objects lying
next to her - from a hammer and gun to watercolor paints. At the same time, people were allowed to take any of these items and do whatever they wanted with Marina.
Undeniable authority in the world of modern art, Marina Abramovich is called the grandmother of performance art. Her performances continue to be talked about decades later. One of her most famous events was called "Rhythm 0" and it was organized in 1974 in Naples.
The idea for the Rhythm 0 performance was very simple: Abramovich had to stand still for six hours while the people who came to see her could do whatever they wanted with her using any of the 72 items he could and put it on the table next to me.
Abramovich was standing in the middle of the room with a plaque on his chest that read: "Instructions: there are 72 items on the table that you can use as you please." Performance. I am an object. I bear full responsibility during this period. Duration: 6 hours (8 pm - 2 am).
On the table were "objects for pleasure" and "objects to destroy." Flowers and feathers were among the harmless objects. Among the dangerous are a knife, razor blades and a loaded gun.
At first, the audience was shy, just looked at her, gave her roses and kissed her. But then divided, painted and even cut. Someone wrapped her around a wasp. Someone threw her hands up. A man used a blade to cut her neck. The audience changed the position of the artist's body. Some people attached different objects to it. Some men were undressing and licking her. And they accompanied their actions with laughter. The performance was stopped by the building's security when one of the visitors picked up a gun.
At the third hour, they cut all of her clothes with blades. At the fourth hour, they began to examine her skin with the same blades. She was subjected to all kinds of harassment. Someone make her point a gun at herself. She was so focused on the performance that she couldn't resist anything.
Abramovich's own impressions of what people were doing to her were even more horrifying. The artist recalls:
"At first, the audience really wanted to play with me. Then they got more and more aggressive, it was six hours of pure horror. They cut my hair, stuck rose thorns into my body, cut the skin on my neck, and then put a bandaid on my wound.
After six hours of the performance, I went naked towards the audience with tears in my eyes, so they literally ran out of the room, as they realized that I had "come alive" - stopped being their toy and began to manage my own body. I remember when I arrived at the hotel that evening and looked in the mirror, I found a strand of grey hair...
This work reveals something terrible about humanity. She shows how quickly a person can hurt you under the right circumstances. She shows how easy it is to defame a person who does not fight back, who does not protect himself. She shows that, if given the circumstances appropriate, most "normal" people can obviously become very violent ... "