Rejuvenator of The Astral Balance

  • 2000
  • Marina Abramovic
  • Deck chairs and metronomes
  • Variable dimensions
Rejuvenator of the Astral Balance (2000) is an installation consisting of metronomes and deckchairs that asserts the physical presence of sound and the artist's interest in the elementary poses of the human body – sitting, in this instance. Visitors are encouraged to sit in a chair in front of one of the metronomes, for a long period – the artist specifies 45 minutes – with their eyes closed, and enter into a meditation to renew their contact with cosmic energies and remove themselves from the turbulence of everyday life.

© Adagp, Paris, 2015. Photo © Louis Vuitton / Tommaso Sartori


Marina Abramovic

A pioneer of body art, Marina Abramović rose to prominence in the 1970s through her radical actions that explored and challenged the physical and mental limits of the human body.

In 1973 she began experimenting on her own body, often naked, pushing her relationship with the public to the extreme, sometimes inviting them to intervene with her. In 1975 she began a fusional collaboration with the Dutch artist Ulay. Their actions examined the duality and alterity between man and woman. Abramović began performing alone in the 1990s. Adopting a more theatrical form, her pieces combined her family heritage with the contemporary history and folklore of Serbia. The fundamental aspects of the human condition – time, presence, facing others – are the themes she tackles in her current performances, involving the public in ritualistic acts.

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