Letting random people draw on you in public-FUN!That’s the way to chill out after tough working week on Friday nights!
This Monday morning while having my cup of peppermint tea with milk(#nojudgements),I’ve been scrolling past my timeline on tumblr (artkiller.tumblr.com), I’ve stumbled on a very controversial and so-serbian-like (talk about that later) photograph of a young girl standing half-naked in the middle of the street.As unfortunately I lack time at the moment, and that’s my second try to upload this post (the first one was closed and therefore sank in the deep ocean of cyber space) I’m going to use my favourite blogging technique called copy+paste.And yes, I dare to do that and still consider myself a blogger( lol ,not really) (#pleasenojudgements)!
South Korean artist Ji Yeo intensively focuses on the notion of beauty and its complex definition within contemporary society.
‘Ji believes beauty is integral to human nature, and people find beauty in the most difficult circumstances, during emotional chaos and disorder, within societal taboos and the breaking of such taboos and even in the face of death.’
“The Beauty series uses the wounded faces and bodies of women who have recently undergone plastic surgery to show the physical cost of adhering to social pressure in Korea. Plastic surgery has become an integral part of Korea’s current culture, often regarded as a integral step in the in self improvement process. Going under the knife, enduring bruises, scars, and being under general anesthetic several times are no longer considered risky or extravagant. They have all had multiple procedures and have plans for future augmentation. The photos were taken directly after their operation while they were resting and waiting to be healed.”
( Source: wetheurban.com)
Now!We all remember our good all inspirational sister Marina Abromović. Yes, that one-“grandmother of performance art”.Her most famous and bravest piece “Rhythm 0,” 1974 is certainly my favourite.Work of Ji Yeo has reminded me of the power of performance and,of course,about the mystical psychology behind it,the relationships between the performer and the audience.But to be honest there’s no favourites in Marina’s work.All her ideas are deep,philosophical and daring!She taught me create art that is meaningful and contemporary! Oh, I will love you till I die, Marina!
In“Rhythm 0,” 1974 Marina has told viewers that she would not move for six hours no matter what they do to her.She has placed 72 objects one could use in a leasing or destructive ways,ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on the table near her and invited 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 was primarily a trust exercise and it 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.
Another important variable of this piece is gender of the artist.I am sure people would have reacted differently on an utterly non-responsive male than they did to Abromović.
Let’s not get me started on gender,what else can I say we women just rock!It definitely takes a lot of courage to reveal so opened in front of the public,not only physically but mentally as well,as the natural reflex on abuse is self-defence.Marina has dedicated her career to explore the limits of the body and the possibilities of the mind.
Ji Yeo brings the fruits of Marina’s work to the world of modern art,scrutinising contemporary ideas.Just like Abroović would wanted it!
I’ve got a wonderful film suggestion for you,that will fire your already deep-existing love to Marina Abromović,"The artist is present" 2012. It’s a great documentary if you wish to dive into the world of art and love.It’s perfect for aromantic post-dinner watch,as it’s tells you a beautiful love story of Marina and Ulay (note:please don’t get disturbed by the sexy looks of your lover,for the sake of art, I beg!)
Have a productive Monday,and I’ve got a tasty post about boys and girls for you ready for tomorrow!