ImponderabiliaPosted: October 13, 2014
“Imponderable. Such imponderable human factors as one’s aesthetic sensitivity/the overriding importance of imponderables in determining human conduct.”
In their fascinating performance piece Imponderabilia (1977), Marina Abramovic and Ulay stand naked face to face in the narrow doorway of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna. To enter the museum they must squeeze between the two naked artists, choosing to face the man or the woman, meanwhile a camera documents their choice. At once humorous and disturbing, the performance is a study of human behavior where the spectators become the subject. The vulnerability that usually surrounds a nude figure is transferred to the clothed visitor squeezing between Marina and Ulay.