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‘Rhythm 2’ was a two part performance undertaken by Marina Abramović in 1974. Wishing to test the state of unconsciousness as part of performance, Abramović first took a pill usually prescribed for catatonia, a condition which causes extreme motor immobility. Reacting violently to the medication she experienced seizures and involuntary muscle movement. Though unable to control her body, Abramović remained lucid and could observe what was happening to her physically.
When the effects of this substance wore off she took a second pill usually prescribed for the treatment of extreme aggression or depression. Remaining physically unchanged she became completely mentally removed and could not remember the lapsed time. This early exploration of the connection between mind and body has become a consistent part of Abramović’s performance practice.

MediumFramed black and white photographs (diptych) with framed letter press text panel
DimensionsImage framed (each) 100.3 x 75.6 cm Text framed 26 x 18.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1995
EditionEdition 1/16, 3 AP's
Item NumberIMMA.475
Image Caption
Marina Abramović, Rhythm 2, 1974, Framed black and white photographs (diptych) with framed letter press text panel, Image framed (each) 100.3 x 75.6 cm Text framed 26 x 18.4 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1995

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About the Artist

Marina Abramović b.1946

Marina Abramović is widely recognised as one of the world's foremost performance artists. Born in Yugoslavia, she has travelled and worked throughout Europe, the United States, China and Latin America. Following a solo exhibition at IMMA in 1996, Abramović was invited to curate ‘Marking the Territory’ in 2001, which drew together some 30 international performance artists at the Museum.
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