Codie Young in Scandinavia S/S/A/W F/W 2013 by Andreas Öhlund
“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the 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 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. I’m certain the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
this is why performance art is important
So every single person who told me ‘ignore them they’ll go away’ and ‘you can’t let them know they bothered you’ and ‘They’ll stop if they don’t see you react’ and all that bull shit, my entire school career, I want you to look good and hard at this.
I want you to think about what you said.
What you keep saying.
What you are telling your children.
You are making them powerless.
Photographer Taslima Akhter captured the above image following the recent factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The image documents two workers, embraced, in the factory rubble. Sadly, the two did not recover from the incident.
Here’s what Taslima had to say:
“This image, while deeply disturbing, is also hauntingly beautiful. An embrace in death, its tenderness rises above the rubble to touch us where we are most vulnerable.
By making it personal, it refuses to let go. This is a photograph that will torment us in our dreams. Quietly it tells us. Never again.”
Is this what love looks like? Thanks to Mason for this!
Please read this****
If a thief forces you to take money from an ATM, do not argue or resist. What you should do is punch your pin in reverse. EX: if your pin is 1234 you punch 4321. The moment you punch in the reverse, the money will come out but will be stuck in the machine and the machine will immediately alert the police without the theif’s knowledge. Every ATM has this feature.
Reblog this so everyone knows, this happens all the time especially in the city!
John Kenny Ethiopia - Omo ValleyPortraits / January 2010He said: My first series of colour images from across Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley, taken in late 2009, of individuals from the Hamer, Nyangatom, Karo, Mursi and Banna communities. The Lower Omo Valley certainly receives the most attention from outsiders in this triangle of human diversity where Kenya, Sudan, and Ethiopia meeet, and it is perhaps obvious why. The colours that adorn individuals from these groups are striking; when viewed away from the powerful, bleaching African sunlight they take on an almost luminous effect.