“Is it the artist who gives the work power? Or is it the viewer?”
When viewing an artwork, do you need to know the story or the context behind the work in order to understand it?
Antoni says, “To me so much meaning is in how we choose to make something, both in art but in all objects we deal with in our lives. That’s why I do these extreme acts with my body. I feel that the viewer has a body too, and can empathize with what I’ve put myself through to make the artwork.”
How do you relate to her works of art?
Would a female relate to these pieces differently from a male?
Antoni uses garments and objects with important memories and histories from her friends and family to construct the work Moor. She says she is creating a piece that parallels her life and her lifeline.
How does this artwork relate to storytelling and what story or stories does the work of art convey?
The artwork Lick and Lather refers to historical and contemporary ideas about representation and gender.
From what references does Antoni draw?
Where have representations of gender traditionally been found?
Where else to we see representations of women that comment on traditional ideas of gender?
How do artists use silence and solitude to influence their work?
Why incorporate silence and periods of solitude? How do they affect your own art making?
In this segment Abramovic ́ describes a family background that was full of contradictions. What relevance does contradiction have for you? How has it affected you?
Do Abramovic ́’s actions, or inaction, in this segment constitute a performance or text? Why, or why not? Describe the relationship between word and image. How does it affect viewer response?
What kinds of circumstances and contradictions led Abramovic ́ to realize that performance was her medium and a way of making art?
Describe the transitions that take place during segment. How do they affect your experience listening to and seeing Abramovic ́?
Why does Abramovic ́ believe that being an artist is a huge responsibility? Do you agree? Why, or why not?
Abramovic ́ says that “art should go longer and longer as life becomes shorter and shorter.” What role(s) does time play in Abramovic ́’s work? Why would some of her works require long periods of time in order to become transcendental?
Compare Abramovic ́’s segment with the work of Season 5 artist, Kimsooja. Consider how both artists work with the idea of transcendence, and then create a story or work of art that alters a viewer’s consciousness or perception.