Human Head Encased in an Iron Cage
It’s been a while since I posted anything quite so macabre as this but the image of a group of boys making this grim discovery as they played in the sands at Hempstead, L.I., in the mid-1930s, had a grim allure for some reason. Perhaps because of its links with the golden age of piracy.
According to Corbis Images the cage is ‘evidence of an early pirates’ torture device,’ namely, gibbeting. In the earliest recorded examples of gibbeting from the 17th century, the criminal would be bound in the metal cage and hung from a scaffold until they died of starvation, and it was a popular method of execution for piracy, highwaymen, murderers, and… sheep stealers. The positioning of such a structure next to public roads served as a warning to other potential criminals that they too might suffer the same fate.
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Centipede eating a Prairie Ringneck Snake(Diadophis punctatus)
“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted.
Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”
This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances.”
This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves. I’m certain the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
this is why performance art is important
So every single person who told me ‘ignore them they’ll go away’ and ‘you can’t let them know they bothered you’ and ‘They’ll stop if they don’t see you react’ and all that bull shit, my entire school career, I want you to look good and hard at this.
I want you to think about what you said.
What you keep saying.
What you are telling your children.
You are making them powerless.
As a rape survivor, THIS!, and the commentary times a thousand. People will do ugly, horrible, disgusting things to you if they believe they can get away with it. They will dehumanize you, they will live out dark fantasies, their pain, hurt, and insecurities on your body. It’s a surreal experience because YOU’RE there FEELING this and in a way you’re out of your body, floating, looking at this person doing these nightmarish things to you. How can they do this? Why me? Do I fight? I’m afraid to fight. No one ever told me to fight back. You’re not supposed to fight. WHAT DO I DO? It’s numbing and confusing and it’s a lot of things and by the time it’s over, you’re left there to deal with the trauma.
You would be surprised as to what folks you know would do if given the chance.
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Rose on my first sleeve on my left arm done by Diego at Abandoned Art in Wanneroo, Perth Western Australia. got the rose because it was the flower i put on my dads coffin at his funeral nearly 3 years ago.