Marina Abramović: “How we in the Balkans kill rats”

From “The Star” movie (1999). This video was a piece of “Balkan Baroque” installation in the Venice Biennale 1997, where Marina Abramović was awarded the Gold Lion Award. (via)

“I´ d like to tell you a story of how we in the Balkans kill rats.
We have a method of transforming the rat into a wolf; we make a wolf rat.
But before I explain this method I´ d like to tell you something about rats themselves.
First of all, rats consume large quantities of food, sometimes double the weight of their own bodies.
Their front teeth never stop growing and they have to be ground constantly otherwise they risk suffocation.

Rats take good care of their families.
They will never kill or eat the members of their own family.
They are extremely intelligent.
Einstein once said: “If the rat were 20 kilos heavier it would definitely be the ruler of the world”.
If you put a plate of food and poison in front of a hole the rat will sense it and not eat.

To catch the rats you have to fill all their holes with water, leaving only one open. In this way you can catch 35 to 45 rats.
You have to make sure that you choose only the males.
You put them in a cage and give them only water to drink.
After a while they start to get hungry, their front teeth start growing and even though, normally, they would not kill members of their own tribe, since they risk suffocation they are forced to kill the weak one in the cage.
And then another weak one, another weak one, and another weak one.
They go on until only the strongest and most superior rat of them all is left in the cage.
Now the rat catcher continues to give the rat water.
At this point timing is extremely important.
The rat´ s teeth are growing. When the rat catcher sees that there is only half an hour left before the rat will suffocate he opens the cage, takes a knife, removes the rat´ s eyes and lets it go.
Now the rat is nervous, outraged and in a panic. He faces his own death and runs into the rat hole and kills every rat that comes his way. Until he comes across the rat who is stronger and superior to him.
This rat kills him.

This is how we make the wolf rat in the Balkans.”

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“For a Long Time…” at Roberts & Tilton Gallery

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After the great Kehinde Wiley World Stage: Israel show, Roberts & Tilton will open “For a Long Time…”, a group show featuring works from Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Hamish Fulton, Whitney Hubbs, Erica Love, Raymond Pettibon, and Kehinde Wiley. You know, HEAVYWEIGHTS. The show will feature works that “examine varying periods of duration in which stamina is physically and psychologically confronted. Combining performative works by performance-based and nonperformance-based artists, the exhibition includes video, photography, text and docu-works.”

We endorse.

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Remember when Marina Abramovic was on Sex and the City?

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It was weird, but we have to say, it was the single scene from that silly, silly show that has stayed with us. That and when Berger leaves Carrie the “I’m Sorry, I can’t, Don’t Hate Me” post it note and Carrie knocks over a vase.

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Marina Abramovic to enact her own funeral in new show

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She sat silent for 700 hours, and now Marina Abramovic’s newest installation/performance piece has her enacting her own funeral. When Abramovic did her 700 silent hours at the MoMA this summer, she said of the piece:

To be a performance artist, you have to hate theatre,” she replied. “Theatre is fake… The knife is not real, the blood is not real, and the emotions are not real. Performance is just the opposite: the knife is real, the blood is real, and the emotions are real.”

Her next piece, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, showing at the Manchester International Festival next year, and the Guardian has a brilliant profile on her that you can read here.

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