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IMPONDERABILIA
(WITH ULAY), 1977
PERFORMANCE
90 MIN.
GALLERIA COMUNALE D’ARTE
MODERNA, BOLOGNA

In a chosen space.

We are standing naked in the
main entrance of the museum,
facing each other.

The public entering the museum
have to pass sideways through
the small space between us.

Each person passing has to
choose which one of us to face.

BREATHING IN BREATHING OUT
(WITH ULAY), 1978
PERFORMANCE
15 MIN.
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM

In a given space.

We are kneeling face to face,
pressing our mouths together.
Our noses are blocked with filtertips.

Ulay is breathing in oxygen.

Ulay is breathing out carbon dioxide.

I am breathing in carbon dioxide.

I am breathing out carbon dioxide.

Ulay is breathing in carbon dioxide.

Ulay is breathing out carbon dioxide.

This performance was performed
twice. The first time Ulay started the
performance by breathing in oxygen.
The second time Ulay started the
performance by breathing out
carbon dioxide.  

THE LOVERS (WITH ULAY), 1988
PERFORMANCE
90 DAYS
THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

At a chosen location.

We walked the entire length 
of the Great Wall of China.

We started on 30 March 1988.

I started walking at the eastern
end of the Wall, at Shai Hai Guan,
on the shores of the Yellow Sea,
Gulf of Bohai, walking westward.

Ulay started walking at the
western end of the Wall, at Jai Yu
Guan, the south-western
periphery of the Gobi Desert,
walking eastward.

We walked until we met.

After we both continuously
walked for 90 days, we met at
Er Lang Shan, in Shen Mu,
Shaanxi province.

We each took a 2,000 kilometre
walk to say goodbye.

RHYTHM 5, 1974
PERFORMANCE
1 HR. 30 MIN.
STUDENT CULTURAL CENTRE,
BELGRADE

I construct a five-pointed star
(the construction is made in
wood shavings soaked in 100
litres of petrol).

I light the star.

I walk around the star. 

I cut my hair and throw it 
into each end of the star.

I cut my finger nails and throw
them into each end of the star.

I cut my toe nails and throe
them into each end of the star.

I enter the empty space in
the star and lie down. 

ART MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, ARTIST
MUST BE BEAUTIFUL , 1975
PERFORMANCE
1 HR.
CHARLOTTENBURG
ART FESTIVAL, COPENHAGEN

I brush my hair with a metal brush
in my right hand and simultaneously
comb my hair with a metal comb in
my left hand.

While doing so, I continuously repeat
‘Art must be beautiful, artist must be
beautiful’, until I hurt my face and
damage my hair. 

RHYTHM 4, 1974
PERFORMANCE
45 MIN.
GALLERIA DIAGRAMMA, MILAN.

I slowly approach the air blower,
taking air in as much as possible.
Just above the opening of the blower
I lose consciousness because of the
extreme pressure.

But this does not interrupt the performance.

After falling over sideways the blower
continues to change and move my face.

The public looking at the monitor
have the impression of me being
underwater.

The moment I lose consciousness the
performance lasts three more minute,
during which the public are unaware of
my state.

In the performance I succeed in using
my body in and out of consciousness
without any interruption.