Volume 41, Issue 2
April 2008

112 pages
ISSN 0024-094X
E-ISSN 1530-9282

Special Section: Archiving, Collecting, Documenting, and Conserving the Media Arts

Marina Abramović's Seven Easy Pieces: Critical Documentation Strategies for Preserving Art's History

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This essay raises issues of authenticity, authorship and medium in a discussion of performance, documentation and re-performance. Its object of analysis is Marina Abramović's 2005 performance series, Seven Easy Pieces, including her re-performances of Bruce Nauman's Body Pressure and VALIE EXPORT's Action Pants: Genital Panic. Seven Easy Pieces strives to document the past through manipulation of repetition and temporality; Abramović's re-performances act as performative documents of the past performances she cites. Lessons learned from a close analysis of re-performance and performance documentation can provide useful insights for and promote critical thought about conservation strategies for time-based art.

Jessica Santone (researcher), Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke Street W., Montreal, PQ H3A 2T6, Canada. E-mail: jessica.santone@mail.mcgill.ca.

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