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Marina Abramović




ISBN 9780815364221
Published October 17, 2018 by Routledge
180 Pages

 
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Book Description

Marina Abramović is the creator of pioneering performance art which transcends the form’s provocative origins. Her visceral and extreme performances have tested the limits of both body and mind, communicating with audiences worldwide on a personal and political level. Updated and revised throughout, the book combines:

  • a biography, setting out the contexts of Abramović’s work
  • an examination of the artist through her writings, interviews and influences
  • a detailed analysis of her work, including studies of the Rhythm series, Nightsea Crossing and 512 Hours
  • practical explorations of the performances and their origins.

 

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today’s student.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  1. BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
  2. Beginnings in the Balkans

    Revolutionary Fervour

    Risk

    Relations and Relationships

    Transition

    "Cleaning the House"

    Continuity

    Origins and authenticity

  3. WRITINGS, INTERVIEWS AND INFLUENCES
  4. Defining moments and early discoveries

    Global perspective / nomadic outlook

    Conditions for creativity

    East West

    Desert as source

    "Transitory Objects" and spectator interactivity

    Cage and Klein

    Documentation

    The mind’s potential

    Trance states and experiences of time

    Space and place

    Creative contradictions

    Video works

    Extended receptivity

    Return to the Balkans

    Spiritual energy

  5. KEY WORKS
  6. Early works up to 1975

    Rhythm series

    Collaborative period (1975-1988)

    Nightsea Crossing and The Lovers: The Great Wall Walk

    1988 to the 2008

    Balkan Baroque and The House with the Ocean View

    2008-2018

    The Artist is Present, 512 Hours and The Cleaner

  7. PRACTICAL EXPLORATIONS AND THEIR ORIGINS

Body Conditioning

Sensory Awareness and receptivity

Memory and Re-membering

GLOSSARY

INDEX

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Author(s)

Biography

Mary Richards is a Reader at Brunel University London, UK. She has written a number of papers and journal articles on performance and live art practices.