Marina Abramović. Rhythm 0. 1974
In the performance piece Rhythm 0 she places 72 objects on a table and stand in the center of the room for six hours acting as one of the objects to be manipulated. The piece in a way is a social experiment in the trust of other human beings, i’ve always found performance art interesting as it can be hard to understand what the artist is trying to accomplish but i like this particular piece and how she shows the violent nature of people when you cant defend yourself i think the piece shows the vulnerability of certain people and how you cant defend yourself people will continue to harm you.
After the piece 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 think the piece goes beyond just this experiment and makes a comment on our state, it shows the dehumanization of a person when they dont fight back and shows the way you have to fight to live and have an opinion in the world. The piece shows something horrible about humanity and how easily people will harm each other put in unusual circumstances.