Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

Marina Abramović. Rhythm 10. 1973-74/2010

(Yugoslav, born 1946)
Rhythm 10, 5, 2, 4. 1973-74/2010.
Digital slides (black and white, silent)
Duration variable
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: I first made sound installations and with the sound I start actually demonstrating the sound and involving my body. But the really first, first performance I ever made was Rhythm 10.

GLENN LOWRY: In this piece, Abramović recorded the sound of her stabbing a knife into a tabletop between her fingers until she missed and cut herself. She would then play back the recording and re-enact the same sequence, repeating the exact rhythm and cutting herself at the same moment.

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: So that actually time past and time present, you unify together by having two cuts in the same place, on my fingers.

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