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Liminal Rites of Transition | Marina Abramovic

September 7, 2010

Liminality may also refer to physical places such as thresholds or spaces of transition where the structures of everyday life are suspended and established social behavior quashed.  The identity of liminal personae, or threshold people are, as a result ambiguous.  Artist Marina Abramovic’s retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, included a re-performance of Imponderabilia, in which museum-goers discovered that to pass through to the next gallery they had to brush past two nude models facing one another at the threshold of a narrow doorway.  Walking slowed through the constructed liminal space as conventional codes of behavior were suspended and general disorientation provided the possibility of new perceptions.

“The performance’s time is art.  You have to be in the place where things happen.  Then it really makes sense.”

Marina Abramovic | The Artist Is Present | A visitor at MoMA walks between Jacqueline Lounsbury, left, and Layard Thompson

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