Marina Abramovic 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 Abramovic'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.
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2nd New edition
Series: Routledge Performance Practitioners
17 October 2018
List of Figures ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT Beginnings in the Balkans Revolutionary Fervour Risk Relations and Relationships Transition Cleaning the House Continuity Origins and authenticity WRITINGS, INTERVIEWS AND INFLUENCES 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 KEY WORKS 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 PRACTICAL EXPLORATIONS AND THEIR ORIGINS Body Conditioning Sensory Awareness and receptivity Memory and Re-membering GLOSSARY INDEX BIBLIOGRAPHY
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.