December 18, 2013

I kept forgetting that I wasn’t watching an experimental treatment of the inner life of Nigella Lawson

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (Matthew Akers, 2012).

Rest Energy, recorded in 1980 at Filmstudio Amsterdam, is also part of the That Self series and engages with the first acceptance of performance, when understood as a body test that can lead to endangering life. Ulay and Abramovic drew a large bow and arrow, each holding one side. The arrowhead was pointing at Abramovic's heart, creating a dense tension. Microphones on their clothes picked up their quickening heartbeats and irregular breathing. After four minutes, they dropped the bow. (from here).