Het Leven
Marjo Schumans, 1976, 30'21''

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Schumans is walking round in circles in a white room, where the light is diffused by a net curtain, and possibly also by a smoke machine. Schumans begins to walk, and, when a bicycle bell suddenly tinkles, she changes her posture by placing her right hand against her head. The next time the bell is heard, she changes her posture once again, and walks on with her hand on her heart. The last ring of the bell heralds the end of the performance. Schumans literally seems to be going through the different phases of life. She passes from open-mindedness (walking upright) to reticence (hand shielding the head) and then to worry (holding the heart), until eventually everything comes to an end, and the audience leaves.

  • Date: 1976
  • Length: 30'21''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: body, space