Marina Abramoviç (b. 1946) and Ulay (b. 1943)
Modus Vivendi (1979-1986)
1979-1986, 127 min, color, sound
Modus Vivendi is the general title that Abramovic and Ulay gave to a series of performances, tapes and Polaroid photographs in the 1980s. Although the artists continued to use their bodies as art objects, the works in this compilation tend to emphasize the metaphorical and the theatrical. They also explore the artists' relationship to the landscape and rituals of other cultures. For example, in Anima Mundi, the artists are seen in dramatically staged poses in a stark architectural landscape in Thailand.
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