black performance in contemporary art

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rice counting exercise - marina abramovic || pietro menditto
Participants will sit down at a table and count two different types of grain for six hours non-stop. The aim of performing this exercise is to develop endurance, concentration, perception, self-control and willpower. It will allow the public to stretch their physical and mental limits. Marina Abramovic Institute MAI, Milano Salone del Mobile 2014

As Audre Lorde noted of poetry, performance requires few resources and is thus accessible to a democratic range of skill levels and body types. Conceptual at its root, performance is concerned less with the object than with the process of its making.
—  Tavia Nyong'o in the catalog for Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art