Originally a late-night bondage act, clad in split nylons and perfumed with amyl nitrate, this piece was recreated at the invitation of Marina Abramovic and Robert Wilson for their theatre collaboration The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. Taking cues from the mid-century fetishism of Pierre Molinier and Betty Page, the piece is performed in two parts, each dependent on a physical obstacle that determines the form of the near-static pose.
A standard pin-up pose held for over 25 minutes as the other performer slowly coils a length or rope around my neck and ankles in a figure-8.
left to right, Elke Luyten, Carlos Soto, Andrew Gilchrist, Willem Dafoe, Marina Abramovic
The ensemble were invited to perform works of their own creation, all at once, while Abramovic recited the recipes from Spirit Cooking (1996).
left to right, Marina Abramovic, Andrew Gilchrist, Kira O'Reilly, Ivan Civic (later Nico Vascellari), Amanda Coogan, Anthony Rizzi, Carlos Soto
I must suspend a heavy iron panel at an incline, supporting the weight while achieving four distinct poses facing toward and away from the panel. Part-lapdance, part-caryatid.
Tim Hailand, One Day in the Life of Robert Wilson's Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, 2012
exhibition catalogue published by De Ketelfactory, Schiedam, Netherlands, 2012