Mambo (projection)
Marina Abramovic, 2003, 25'28''

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The work includes a video projection of Marina Abramovic dancing the Mambo, a performance she gave in an empty mental hospital in Voltara, Italy. She is dancing on a steel platform identical to the one on the floor of the exhibition room. Surrounding the platform are ten pairs of shoes custom-made with magnets on its soles for visitors to try and dance on the platform with. As the mambo song from the video loops, the visitors can 'live' Marina's performance by using the installation objects. 'Mambo' is based on Marina Abramovic's idea that she and her audience can reciprocate energy during a performance. Through the combined use of video and objects she tries to continue that exchange of energy by inviting the visitors to dance with a video projection of hrself. The platform that Marina is standing on in the video is made from steel and her red high heel shoes have magnets attached to them, too, which has as a consequence that it becomes very difficult to move. But as Marina is determined, she dances freely and without visible agitation or exertion despite the strong magnetic attraction that would otherwise keep her grounded on the platform. The context of the abandoned mental hospital contributes to a sense of 'haunting' memories that are like spiritual resistances to freedom; a clear mind is more susceptible to flowing energies. Metaphorically, the freedom to dance is repressed by the magnets in her shoe. In her own words the piece '…was about time, memory and use of extreme energy.' Read more...

  • Date: 2003
  • Length: 25'28''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: body art, dance (artwork genre)