“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 the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
this is why performance art is important
So every single person who told me ‘ignore them they’ll go away’ and ‘you can’t let them know they bothered you’ and ‘They’ll stop if they don’t see you react’ and all that bull shit, my entire school career, I want you to look good and hard at this.
I want you to think about what you said.
What you keep saying.
What you are telling your children.
You are making them powerless.
that last comment. actually crying.
“The problem is that you make yourself into a target.”
That didn’t affect me very much at all when I first heard it. It was just another visit to the office to report another incident. I was used to hearing non-pologies and “boys will be boys” by then. It’s only now, years later, that I realise just how messed up it is to tell that to a child who comes crying to you every day that people are hitting me, people are stealing my things and calling me names. You are telling me that if I just followed some script you had in your mind that all of the harassment would stop. When they shout at me, I’m not supposed to tell them that they’re hurting me, because I’m making myself a target. I’m letting them know what gets to me, so they do it more for more of a reaction. Instead of an instructor teaching them that their behaviour is predatory and destructive, I’m supposed to change my own behaviour to something that pleases them. Or do nothing at all. Nevermind retaliation, what about self-protection?
This is heartbreaking. ~Hanna
(Source: andrewfishman, via contemptuouspervert)
i’m really excited ok
welcome to the ssb crew, guys
My boyfriend had never seen Avatar, so I finally made him watch the series with me. It was fun watching it again, and it made me want to do some fanart, so here’s Katara!
God fucking damn this is amazing! Those lines and that flow!