Marina Abramovic and Ulay «Relation in Movement» 1977.

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«Just like other works by Ulay and Abramovic, Relation in Movement is based on a challenge, although, unlike a lot of previous performances, this challenge is not about pain, but rather, about stamina. In Relation in Movement, Ulay and Abramovic drive round and round in a circle inside a city square in Paris. Ulay is behind the wheel, while through the open window Abramovic is shouting out the number of completed laps through a megaphone (which cannot be heard in the video registration.) The van keeps on driving. In the meantime it has become pitch black, and only the light from the headlamps is still visible. When the sun comes up again, Ulay and Abramovic are still driving around in circles. A black circle of tyre marks has appeared. They consistently keep to the same circle. This could be considered symbolic of turning in circles around each other in a relationship or always moving around in the same small-minded circle of thought. In contrast to most of their other performances, there is no designated audience to witness the event, only the camera and the casual passer-by.

The artists defined their Relation Work project as follows: «Art Vital: No fixed living place, permanent movement, direct contact, local relation, self-selection, passing limitations, taking risks, mobile energy.»

source: eai.org, montevideo.nl