Marina Abramović has pioneered performance as a visual art form. She created some of the most important early works in this practice, including Rhythm 0 (1974), in which she offered herself as an object of experimentation for the audience, as well as Rhythm 5 (1974), where she lay in the centre of a burning five-point star to the point of losing consciousness.
These performances married concept with physicality, endurance with empathy, complicity with loss of control, passivity with danger. They pushed the boundaries of self-discovery, both of herself and her audience. They also marked her first engagements with time, stillness, energy, pain, and the resulting heightened consciousness generated by long durational performance.
This extensive catalogue provides a unique insight into the artist’s working method and reflections. It is devoted to more than 50 years of drawings, sketches, thoughts, dreams and ideas produced in Abramović’s hand, and demonstrates the artist’s methodological approach. The book thus provides valuable insight into the processes that provide further background knowledge on her performance and communal works.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Marina Abramović: The Cleaner at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway (24 November 2017 – 11 March 2018).