I guess for tonight, I’ll play up the Abramovic love. =) EXCEPT. This is something very different from the other pieces I’ve posted by her.
Marina Abramovic, The Lovers - The Great Wall Walk, 1988
This is an excerpt from the book Whack!: Art and the Feminist Revolution:
“After [Rhythm 0], Abramovic’s attitude toward her work changed and she became less interested in her own passivity and more interested in using spectatorial energy to create bodily change. In her collaborative works with Ulay, her professional and personal partner for thirteen years, Abramovic explored the dynamics of heterosexual coupling, the nature of love and desire, ad the edge of trust and morality.
In 1988, they marked the ending of their personal and professional collaborations by beginning at opposite ends of the Great Wall of China and walking for three months in order to meet as the center to embrace and say good-bye. The piece exposed the labor involved in generating a touch capable of loosening a once-loving embrace. “
The audio of the piece in Abramovic’s own words is really interesting: http://www.moma.org/explore/multimedia/audios/190/1986