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Marina Abramović, Rhythm 0, 1974

“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.”

We studied her in art class recently, I did more independent research and she’s incredible. One of my new favourite conceptual artists.

(Quelle: andrewfishman)

What you SHOULD say to people dealing with any of these

  • Anxiety:

    This too shall pass, even if that sounds corny and cliche. Your anxiety will subside, you are not dying, you will not die from this, everything is going to be fine. Keep taking deep breaths, try and stay focused.

  • Depression:

    You are valid and your emotions are valid. You are a good, strong person, even if you don't feel like you are right now. Things DO get better, and I know you can get through this.

  • Sexual Orientation:

    Your body, your life, your bedroom. You choose what you do with it, and I get no say in the matter, because I am not you. I'll respect you no matter what.

  • Bipolar:

    The sun also rises. For all your bad days, weeks, or longer-- you also have good ones just beyond the horizon. You know better than anyone what it means to finally hit those "highs" in your life, and I hope that you just keep growing and strengthening yourself through your treatment to extend those happy moments.

  • Self harm:

    This is your body and I'll never pass judgement over you for the things you choose to do with it. However, you should really consider speaking with a counselor about this. Not because you're "bad", but because I just want you to be safe.

  • Eating disorders:

    It's okay to eat, you have permission. Eating will not make you fat, ugly, or worthless. Eating will make you strong, healthy, and lively. You deserve to eat, you deserve happiness.

  • Abuse:

    What they did was wrong, and you had no consenting part in it. You have no need to feel guilty or shamed, although I understand that may be exactly how you are feeling right now. They're the ones at fault here, and the ball is entirely in your court if you choose to report them for that, which you are rightfully entitled to do.

  • Suicide:

    Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. You are valuable and your existence is valuable. There are billions of people on this planet, and even if you think everyone hates you and no one cares, they do and they will. You can find so many friends and loved ones if you just allow yourself the time to look for them. The world turns out to be a beautiful place and you deserve to be alive to see that.

  • Sexual assault:

    What they did was vile and disgusting. Yes, you're now left with this horrible, traumatic event to move on from, but your life is not entirely lost. Recovery is possible, and an unfortunately large number of people have to go through that-- but they make it to the other side. So can you, you can do this. You're not dirty, you're not a "slut" or a "whore", you are a human being whose rights were violated. But you are strong, and I know you can move past this in due time.

  • Multiple Personality Disorder:

    I'll always love you no matter who you are. I only hope the absolute best for you during your recovery and treatment, and maybe one day I'll be so privileged as to love you as one whole.

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

    The pain of suddenly reliving horrific events is almost unimaginable for me. Please try and remember that although it feels like it's real and it's happening right now, that it's not. You are okay, you are fine, and you are safe. You are in the present here and now, and that past can't manifest itself again to come and physically hurt you. Everything is just fine, these feelings will pass and you're going to be okay.

  • Schizophrenia:

    I am real and I can promise you that. I care. Try and find something grounding for you, an object that you can cling to to help you distinguish between whether or not you're hallucinating. You are not a freak, you are not a monster. You're a human being with rights and emotions who happens to be ill right now.

  • I saw the what "not" to say post and had to make my own variant of that. I lava you <3


Liebe Tierfreunde!

Wir beschäftigen uns gemeinsam mit einigen anderen Gruppen mit Tieren aus dem Tierversuch. Auf unsere Arbeit haben wir unterschiedlichste Reaktionen bekommen.

Uns geht es darum, dieses leidige Thema ins Bewusstsein zu holen. Dass das Reibung erzeugt und schmerzt, ist uns schon klar.

Warum man noch länger nicht auf Labortiere verzichten kann/wird?

* Habt Ihr gewusst, dass die Tiere für Versuche wie Ware aus richtigen Katalogen mit Fotos von Zuchtanstalten eingekauft werden, reine Stämme, oder Hybride, Alter, Geschlecht, alles aussuchbar?
* Jeder Test am lebenden Tier kann ein Tierversuch sein, auch ein Verhaltenstest. Entscheidend für die Klassifizierung Tierversuch ist, dass das Tier physisch oder emotional leiden könnte.
* Jeder Test am toten Tier ist kein Tierversuch im gesetzlichen Sinne. Werden passende Tiere gekauft, getötet und z.B. seziert, ist dies kein Tierversuch. Damit werden in den Statistiken zu Tierversuchen weniger Tiere erfasst, als tatsächlich verbraucht werden.

Und das „Beste“ ist: zuerst werden sehr viele Tiere produziert, damit immer die gerade benötigten zur Verfügung stehen und anschließend werden die überzähligen getötet; denn bei einem Wurf kann ich mir ja nicht aussuchen wie viele Jungtiere geboren werden und ob es Jungs oder Mädels sind. Im Anschluss an die Experimente werden die Tiere getötet. Denn jeder, der Tierversuche macht, behält die Tiere nur genau so lange, wie er sie braucht. Auch Tiere aus Verhaltensversuchen gehen nicht in Pension, sondern werden nach Abschluss der Tests euthanasiert.

Wir wenden uns nicht ab. Wir tun etwas für diese Tiere. Bewusstmachen und dann handeln. Auch wenn es weh tut. Genau wie die Tiertransporte, der gesamte Umgang mit Nutztieren…. Man darf nirgends reingucken, wir Menschen sind sehr gedankenlose, egoistische Wesen.

Diskutieren wir darüber - hier in diesem Forum - konzentrieren wir uns darauf, wie viele wir retten können, ihre Bedingungen verbessern, Gesetze ändern, Alternativen entwickeln, nicht darauf, wieviele über die Regenbogenbrücke gehen, sonst schaffen wir es nicht. Also lasst uns gemeinsam etwas tun!

Liebe Grüße

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