An Art Made of Trust, Vulnerability and Connection | Marina Abramović | TED Talks

An Art Made of Trust, Vulnerability and Connection | Marina Abramović | TED Talks

Now… let’s go back in time. It’s 1974. There is the gallery somewhere in the world, and there is a young girl, age 23, standing in the middle of the space. In the front of her is a table. On the table there are 76 objects for pleasure and for pain. Some of the objects are a glass of water, a coat, a shoe, a rose. But also the knife,
the razor blade, the hammer and the pistol with one bullet. There are instructions which say, “I’m an object. You can use everything on the table on me. I’m taking all responsibility —
even killing me. And the time is six hours.” The beginning of this
performance was easy. People would give me
the glass of water to drink, they’d give me the rose. But very soon after, there was a man who took the scissors
and cut my clothes, and then they took the thorns of the rose
and stuck them in my stomach. Somebody took the razor blade
and cut my neck and drank the blood, and I still have the scar. The women would tell the men what to do. And the men didn’t rape me
because it was just a normal opening, and it was all public, and they were with their wives. They carried me around
and put me on the table, and put the knife between my legs. And somebody took the pistol and bullet
and put it against my temple. And another person took the pistol
and they started a fight. And after six hours were finished, I… started walking towards the public. I was a mess. I was half-naked, I was full of blood
and tears were running down my face. And everybody escaped, they just ran away. They could not confront myself,
with myself as a normal human being. And then — what happened is I went to the hotel,
it was at two in the morning. And I looked at myself in the mirror, and I had a piece of gray hair. Alright — please take off your blindfolds. Welcome to the performance world. First of all, let’s explain
what the performance is. So many artists,
so many different explanations, but my explanation
for performance is very simple. Performance is a mental
and physical construction that the performer makes
in a specific time in a space in front of an audience and then energy dialogue happens. The audience and the performer
make the piece together. And the difference between
performance and theater is huge. In the theater, the knife is not a knife and the blood is just ketchup. In the performance,
the blood is the material, and the razor blade or knife is the tool. It’s all about being there
in the real time, and you can’t rehearse performance, because you can’t do many
of these types of things twice — ever. Which is very important,
the performance is — you know, all human beings
are always afraid of very simple things. We’re afraid of suffering,
we’re afraid of pain, we’re afraid of mortality. So what I’m doing — I’m staging these kinds of fears
in front of the audience. I’m using your energy, and with this energy I can go
and push my body as far as I can. And then I liberate myself
from these fears. And I’m your mirror. If I can do this for myself,
you can do it for you. After Belgrade, where I was born, I went to Amsterdam. And you know, I’ve been doing performances since the last 40 years. And here I met Ulay, and he was the person
I actually fell in love with. And we made, for 12 years,
performances together. You know the knife
and the pistols and the bullets, I exchange into love and trust. So to do this kind work
you have to trust the person completely because this arrow
is pointing to my heart. So, heart beating and adrenaline
is rushing and so on, is about trust, is about total trust
to another human being. Our relationship was 12 years, and we worked on so many subjects,
both male and female energy. And as every relationship
comes to an end, ours went too. We didn’t make phone calls
like normal human beings do and say, you know, “This is over.” We walked the Great Wall
of China to say goodbye. I started at the Yellow Sea,
and he started from the Gobi Desert. We walked, each of us, three months, two and a half thousand kilometers. It was the mountains, it was difficult. It was climbing, it was ruins. It was, you know, going through
the 12 Chinese provinces, this was before China was open in ’87. And we succeeded to meet in the middle to say goodbye. And then our relationship stopped. And now, it completely changed
how I see the public. And one very important piece
I made in those days was “Balkan Baroque.” And this was the time of the Balkan Wars, and I wanted to create
some very strong, charismatic image, something that could serve
for any war at any time, because the Balkan Wars are now finished,
but there’s always some war, somewhere. So here I am washing two and a half thousand
dead, big, bloody cow bones. You can’t wash the blood,
you never can wash shame off the wars. So I’m washing this six hours, six days,
and wars are coming off these bones, and becoming possible —
an unbearable smell. But then something stays in the memory. I want to show you the one
who really changed my life, and this was the performance in MoMa,
which I just recently made. This performance —
when I said to the curator, “I’m just going to sit at the chair, and there will be
an empty chair at the front, and anybody from the public
can come and sit as long as they want.” The curator said to me, “That’s ridiculous, you know,
this is New York, this chair will be empty, nobody has time to sit in front of you.” (Laughter) But I sit for three months. And I sit everyday, eight hours — the opening of the museum — and 10 hours on Friday
when the museum is open 10 hours, and I never move. And I removed the table
and I’m still sitting, and this changed everything. This performance,
maybe 10 or 15 years ago — nothing would have happened. But the need of people to actually
experience something different, the public was not anymore the group — relation was one to one. I was watching these people,
they would come and sit in front of me, but they would have to wait
for hours and hours and hours to get to this position, and finally, they sit. And what happened? They are observed by the other people, they’re photographed,
they’re filmed by the camera, they’re observed by me and they have nowhere to escape
except in themselves. And that makes a difference. There was so much pain and loneliness, there’s so much incredible things
when you look in somebody else’s eyes, because in the gaze
with that total stranger, that you never even say one word —
everything happened. And I understood when I stood up
from that chair after three months, I am not the same anymore. And I understood
that I have a very strong mission, that I have to communicate this experience to everybody. And this is how, for me, was born the idea to have an institute
of immaterial performing arts. Because thinking about immateriality, performance is time-based art. It’s not like a painting. You have the painting on the wall,
the next day it’s there. Performance, if you are missing it,
you only have the memory, or the story of somebody else telling you, but you actually missed the whole thing. So you have to be there. And in my point,
if you talk about immaterial art, music is the highest —
absolutely highest art of all, because it’s the most immaterial. And then after this is performance,
and then everything else. That’s my subjective way. This institute is going to happen
in Hudson, upstate New York, and we are trying to build
with Rem Koolhaas, an idea. And it’s very simple. If you want to get experience,
you have to give me your time. You have to sign the contract
before you enter the building, that you will spend there
a full six hours, you have to give me your word of honor. It’s something so old-fashioned, but if you don’t respect your own
word of honor and you leave before — that’s not my problem. But it’s six hours, the experience. And then after you finish,
you get a certificate of accomplishment, so get home and frame it if you want. (Laughter) This is orientation hall. The public comes in, and the first thing
you have to do is dress in lab coats. It’s this importance of stepping from being
just a viewer into experimenter. And then you go to the lockers and you put your watch,
your iPhone, your iPod, your computer and everything digital, electronic. And you are getting free time
for yourself for the first time. Because there is nothing
wrong with technology, our approach to technology is wrong. We are losing the time
we have for ourselves. This is an institute
to actually give you back this time. So what you do here, first you start slow walking,
you start slowing down. You’re going back to simplicity. After slow walking, you’re going
to learn how to drink water — very simple, drinking water
for maybe half an hour. After this, you’re going to
the magnet chamber, where you’re going to create
some magnet streams on your body. Then after this,
you go to crystal chamber. After crystal chamber,
you go to eye-gazing chamber, after eye-gazing chamber, you go to
a chamber where you are lying down. So it’s the three basic positions
of the human body, sitting, standing and lying. And slow walking. And there is a sound chamber. And then after you’ve seen all of this, and prepared yourself
mentally and physically, then you are ready to see
something with a long duration, like in immaterial art. It can be music, it can be opera,
it can be a theater piece, it can be film, it can be video dance. You go to the long duration chairs
because now you are comfortable. In the long duration chairs, you’re transported to the big place
where you’re going to see the work. And if you fall asleep, which is very possible
because it’s been a long day, you’re going to be
transported to the parking lot. (Laughter) And you know, sleeping is very important. In sleeping, you’re still receiving art. So in the parking lot you stay
for a certain amount of time, and then after this
you just, you know, go back, you see more of the things you like to see or go home with your certificate. So this institute right now is virtual. Right now, I am just
making my institute in Brazil, then it’s going to be in Australia, then it’s coming here,
to Canada and everywhere. And this is to experience
a kind of simple method, how you go back to simplicity
in your own life. Counting rice will be another thing. (Laughter) You know, if you count rice
you can make life, too. How to count rice for six hours? It’s incredibly important. You know, you go through this whole range
of being bored, being angry, being completely frustrated, not finishing
the amount of rice you’re counting. And then this unbelievable
amount of peace you get when satisfying work is finished — or counting sand in the desert. Or having the sound-isolated situation — that you have headphones,
that you don’t hear anything, and you’re just there
together without sound, with the people experiencing silence,
just the simple silence. We are always doing things
we like in our life. And this is why you’re not changing. You do things in life — it’s just nothing happens
if you always do things the same way. But my method is to do things
I’m afraid of, the things I fear, the things I don’t know, to go to territory
that nobody’s ever been. And then also to include the failure. I think failure is important because if you go,
if you experiment, you can fail. If you don’t go into that area
and you don’t fail, you are actually repeating yourself
over and over again. And I think that human beings
right now need a change, and the only change to be made
is a personal level change. You have to make the change on yourself. Because the only way
to change consciousness and to change the world around us, is to start with yourself. It’s so easy to criticize
how it’s different, the things in the world
and they’re not right, and the governments are corrupted
and there’s hunger in the world and there’s wars — the killing. But what we do on the personal level — what is our contribution
to this whole thing? Can you turn to your neighbor,
the one you don’t know, and look at them for two full minutes
in their eyes, right now? (Chatter) I’m asking two minutes
of your time, that’s so little. Breathe slowly, don’t try to blink,
don’t be self-conscious. Be relaxed. And just look a complete
stranger in your eyes, in his eyes. (Silence) Thank you for trusting me. (Applause) Chris Anderson: Thank you. Thank you so much.

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “An Art Made of Trust, Vulnerability and Connection | Marina Abramović | TED Talks

  1. Cherokee Star says:

    This woman is a satan worshiper, she's the "Queen of the Damned" of them as she looks WAY TOO YOUNG for her age!

  2. feh meh says:

    Yeah, millenials. Crystals will fix it.

  3. Ridiculi says:

    This is disappointing. #CREEPTASTIC

  4. jackie brown says:

    Disgusting creature.

  5. tzunammi shadai says:

    4:46 MTF… TRUST. male and female energy… climbing… succeeding to meet in the middle, I sit every day for eight hrs. The gaze between total strangers an idea… learning how to slow walk… Sleeping? You'll still receive in REM. Sound. Failure. Fear. Change on a personal level. A change of consciousness. What's our contributions. The eyes… This man is deep, but I don't trust him at all…

  6. . says:

    Salope pute démon trans sexuel quand tu vas crever je vais venir faire caca sur ta tombe avec tte ma famille

  7. judy vicinanza says:

    We know now that her/his art is Satanic ritual. Anyone who was victimized by this person’s art should pray for healing and release from demonic spirits.

  8. Mark John says:

    Sickening satanic jewish freak.

  9. Flip Venom says:

    How far are we willing to go for the impact of art?

  10. David Blette says:

    This woman is literally a satanic witch. Congrats TED on being duped.

  11. Ali Castro says:

    Is she reliving her satanic childhood – or is she just living out a fantasy –

  12. Anita Dutzler says:

    That's a pure true Satan whorshipper🤔

  13. Nick Savage says:

    She’s a pedophile and satanist.. she’s fucking 70+ years old you don’t look that way unless your doing something you ain’t pose to b doing

  14. marcojojoba says:

    this is satanism ,not art u pervert

  15. Debbie Young says:

    It literally makes me ill to look at her or listen to her evil speak. What a truly nauseating horrible monster.

  16. Danny James says:


  17. joanna freedom says:

    Spirit cooking?

  18. Nita Renfrow says:

    Looks like a 👨

  19. Julianne B says:

    Oh no, I'm sure the classy democrats dredged up this performance artist from the 70's to make them look cool hahahahahaha

  20. Timothy Johnson says:

    This didn’t age well. Now we know what she really was doing. Thanks Epstein. Thanks Clinton’s. Thanks Hollywood elite. Enjoy prison! #17!

  21. whatwhyandwhos says:

    she is ……

  22. Bezo Bee says:

    One spooky broad

  23. Lavadero coches says:

    where is the fucking art in this ???? a fucking wich!!!!!! God please rebuck this demon, in The Mighty Name of The Lord Jesus Christ!!!!!

  24. Deep dea says:


  25. Sara Murphy says:

    One of a kind this woman. Fantastic

  26. Yankee Rebel says:

    This lady was born in 1938, that tells you everything

  27. HalferLand Performance _The J-Series Freak's_ says:

    You’re literally watching Satan in the flesh!!
    Q – WWG1WGA !! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🌎🌍🌏

  28. Lauren Hamilton says:

    Evil filth pedophile satanist. Your days are numbered.

  29. Jack Bailey says:

    Isn't this person a devil worshiper

  30. Sandmann Corte-Real says:

    Nice 👍🏼!!!

  31. Magdalene Defoe says:

    ew don't you people know who this is? one of the most evil witches on the planet. don't watch this.

  32. Michael Joniaux says:

    This woman engages in spirit cooking and child trafficking.

  33. Qaos says:

    Krankes Pack!!!!!Q sent me 😊

  34. Derek Vuong says:

    Warning: Narc alert. She needs to stop eating babies and drinking andrenochrome.

  35. Barbara says:

    This woman is a Satanist and is into spirit cooking. Pure Evil. Unsubscribed to this channel for promoting her.

  36. OceanArk7 7 says:

    This woman is fucking SICK & TWISTED! SHE DOESN'T CREATE ART! SHE KILLS!

  37. Urosh Ratkovic says:

    It's not satanism, it's "art", right 🙂
    Pretty disgusting individual. Only persons that call this thing a "performance artist" are ones that are just as deprived as it (equating this creature with women and calling it "she" is a pretty dishonorable remark towards women).

  38. Michael Meyer says:

    hey LOOK iF all of you who don't know
    its Marina a close friend of Jay Z, AND THE C l i N T O N S , who ABSOLUTELY loves pedo's like the PoDeStas , blood, and sacrifice.
    Sick disgusting and corrupt woman.
    Look her up, she is linked to every pedophile elite.
    P I ZZ A G A t E IS REAL.
    I used to be democrat.

  39. Michael Meyer says:

    # WWG1WGA

  40. Quinlan says:

    Did the relationship "stop" or did you sacrifice him to moloch?

  41. Adriana Davih says:

    Iluminati! Luciferina! Pederasta!

  42. Martina P says:

    Spirit cooking, anyone?

  43. NekoFilm says:

    MAI – backwards IAM a contract for 6 hours? Don't sign anything with satan.

  44. Vincent Martinez says:

    Burn the witch!!!

  45. Lara Matthews says:

    This woman is teaching a vulnerable & destitute public to flirt openly w/demonic forces.

  46. Lady Nada says:

    Satanic witch…
    I rebuke you in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  47. Joan S says:

    Did anyone else avert their eyes at the end when she was attempting to peer into your soul? I did ~ nope! Not today, Satan!!Also, I read comments & fast forwarded to end of video.

  48. Aida says:

    This is called art? What are you talking about? Bullshit! I regret you were not killed in a war were you come from,, it may have saved millions of children's life who died because of you, evil satanic witch!!

  49. Geng Yin says:

    Know thy enemy cloaked in “Art” yet casting spells in plain sight. Whom would you entrust your Eyes to? Know thy Enemy.

  50. 一纸锦 says:


  51. DonRon H says:

    Burn witch

  52. Juanito D says:

    This is a very evil and satanic person. How does she look so young at 80 years old? Drinking adrenochrome?

  53. saladien28 says:

    Hey TED why would you give this YOKE stage time? she is a fucking witch! Eats kids with Clinton and Podesta! #Pizzagate #Epsteinisland #Soros

  54. Branka Stupar says:

    I am ashamed of this woman.

  55. Henrik Landvik says:

    Gosh you peoples comments. Shouldering the mantle of the old witchburners. Terrible how you speak, based on things you read in ’the internet’. You need a scapegoat, take a look at yourself…

  56. dx398 says:

    Evil Spirit Cooker.

  57. Theresa Ramseyer says:

    Wearing a blindfolds helps to focus and to see and imagine.

    Yoko Ono did a similar performance as Marina described doing as a young woman. I think that hers was stopped partway through.

  58. Tony Cardie says:

    She isn't normal. Everyone knows it. Psycho. PLus: your English sucks!!!

  59. maryamakiling says:

    Get Thee behind me, Satan.

  60. exit_by_flight says:

    This TRANSFORMER/DECIPTICON has been "performing" for far too long. He is one sick demented individual. #repent #maranatha

  61. sylaba2011 says:

    This is not art, everyone of her performances is a satanic ritual. Wake up TED!

  62. Sofia Jaquez says:

    I’m just so glad that all these ppl in the comments are AWAKE to this Matrix we call Reality… especially in a world where I feel like I’m the only one who knows the truth sometimes. This was refreshing to see.

  63. Ma Car says:

    J’aimerais bien quel explique en français

  64. Chicken Lurkin' Yung Chihuahua says:

    Pretentious at its finest.

  65. Keri Stevenson says:

    Gross! This is one of the promoters of human flesh eating. She is a Satanist. She had people at parties thinking the food they were eating just looked like people…nope, they were really eating human meat. Babies have been sacrificed by her…with dolls and pigs blood she made a special art piece for one of her eyes wide shut parties/rituals

  66. Ash Farlow says:

    She's not a Satanist, she is a psyker. Marina embodies extremely powerful metaphysical energies.

  67. weird monster says:

    Why is Ted living room to this satanista? She get energy with horrible things, insTEaD,ted make censor to light drugs or magic drug speeches

  68. LAND of GOOD says:

    Here is a fresh, interesting theory about the progress in the Stone Age:

  69. LogicIsAlive 145 says:

    This is not gonna age well lol

  70. LogicIsAlive 145 says:

    It’ll be funny when Ted talk removes this video and pretends it never exhausted haha

  71. Boonigma Anon says:

    Oh my, she is Dracula reincarnate!

  72. sgarrisphotos says:

    This woman is demented and worships Satan!! When production companies further publicize her it only reenforces that Hollywood is one big devil worshipping ring!!

  73. zz z says:

    She sacrifices children…..why is she still free? all the people on top are luciferian believers….

  74. Javier Tafran says:

    You are special, different. Wonderful human being.

  75. Wayne Campbell says:


  76. marilyn xx says:

    the lady who hungout & did spiritual healing with a man who ran a baby farm….ted talks you never fail to disappoint me

  77. marilyn xx says:

    The Cult of Maria Lionza – KITRA CAHANA "The Cult of Maria Lionzo" ted talks why do you take an interest in these acts?

  78. Edward Kennedy says:

    Have you ever wondered what it's like to take your clothes off and pose for an artist? Watch the trailer for the world's first life modelling film NAKED:

  79. Dries Ketels says:

    Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of beauty, trust our most accurate measurement of courage and connection our most accurate measurement of impact.

    This is why I love this century so much. Legendary talks from master artists in high quality video format, delivered to your doorstep for free on YouTube. Thanks Chris and Marina.

  80. Neyo Utha says:

    Demon witch

  81. Lira Mayne says:

    wood smash

  82. Ninou Buitre says:

    La sorcière…

  83. Elise Immersiv says:

    Satan's daugther.. #pizzagate #spirit cooking

  84. Nathalie Gilles says:

    Grosse chienne bientôt tu ira brûler en enfer rejoindre ton maitre

  85. Julijana Vlahovic says:

    Performing ritual dinners while Podesta & co. are going to town on some kids.
    True vulnerability.

  86. Karen Q says:

    Some holy Godly people that are Christians and worship the lord God (Jesus Christ) need to hold her down and and wash her with five gallons of holy water 💦 she is a snake puppet for satan and her serpent head is going to be cut off by the grace of God her evilness will be revealed through Jesus Christ lord and savior for all that humble themselves and believe

  87. batoka8 says:

    She is harvesting the energy

  88. Watchman Of Christ says:

    Marina Abramovic.
    Top Level Luciferian.
    She Cast Spells On Those Who Listens To Her Nonsense.
    Don't Be Deceived.
    She Wears A Black Robe To Let You No What Cult She Belongs To Aleister Crowley Disciple.
    Jesus Is Lord.

  89. JACMILA says:

    Cheia de botox e afins, decepcionada.

  90. hutiya bacha says:

    huge respect to this huge artist

  91. Jann says:

    This woman is a spirit-cooking pedophile satanist.

  92. Red Pill Academy says:

    One of THE MOST EVIL PEOPLE ON THE PLANET!!! Spirit Cooker to the stars!
    F.U. Ted Talks!!!!

  93. Joseph Brown says:

    abramobitch this pseudo artist who thinks he is intelligent and thinks of doing art because to get out of bed finds his … satanic and stupid works that do not want to say anything except to provoke up the heart in the person normally constitute .

  94. Natura Datura says:


  95. • hxn • says:

    Connection… to what? Child abuse networks?

  96. Amatullah Ama says:

    She is pure evil, a witch. And not to mention, a satanist.

    I feel sick that i want to puke. Yaaak

  97. BORDERLINENO1 says:

    Ted giving a satanic person a platform

  98. Ugly Lil rat boy says:

    dumbass christians in the comments got me rolling

  99. Thomas Bezy says:

    Who allows themselves to be freely Blindfolded? ____Troubling

  100. blabla blabla says:

    suppot du mal marina abramovic

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