Count on Us
Marina Abramovic, 2004, 65'13''

Viewing this artwork is possible at the LIMA media library in Amsterdam

The installation 'Count on Us' includes five videos: 'Star', 'Boy', 'Girl', 'Chorus' and 'Tesla Electricity', all projected in one room. 'Star' depicts an aerial view of Abramovic, lying on the ground and wearing black clothes, with a skeleton on her top. After a while, a of group children (also dressed in black) enter the frame, coming from all sides, as they are sitting down in the shape of a five-pointed star enclosing the artist. A little later, they stand up again and leave the scenery. This action then repeats itself identically. 'Boy' shows a boy in front of a bright red curtain, who, from while to while, starts to sing a poetic folk song about love, loss and longing. 'Girl' is nearly the same, but involves a girl instead of a boy. 'Chorus' shows a chidren's choir singing a song about the United Nations, conducted by Abramovic, who is wearing a skeleton costume. In the last part, 'Tesla Electricity', Abramovic holds a so-called 'Tesla-coil' in her hand, through which, at certain moments, a flash of 35000 volt of electricity enters her body, which functions as transmitter. Being highly associative in terms of its content, the installation 'Count on Us' refers to various issues that could be placed in a concrete political context, as for example the Kosovo war. According to Abramovic, the work is mostly to be considered an emotional response to political events, which indicates that she somehow tries to avoid narrativization, despite the rich symbolic vocabulary of this work. Read more...

  • Date: 2004
  • Length: 65'13''
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: body art
  • Keywords: installation - multi-channel video installation, death, body, music (subject), politics, war