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  1. You can refer to a specific example. Marina Abramovich's famous performance “Rhythm 0”, which has already become a classic in the art world.

    As part of this performance, the artist laid out 72 objects in front of the visitors, which they could use as they liked in relation to her. In addition to harmless items (apple, bread, camera) there were also things like scissors, a scalpel, and a gun. Abramovich, according to her own idea, was locked up with people in the gallery, where they could do whatever they wanted with her and with these objects for 6 hours. She had become an object, according to the sign on her chest.

    Even without knowing the outcome of the performance, you can guess that among the crowd there were those who wanted to cross the line and experiment with everything that was presented for use. People who were given freedom of action cut the skin, exposed Abramovich, put a gun to her.

    Rhythm 0 shows that performative art with its inherent scenario capabilities can become dangerous for the artist, as well as reveal dangerous thoughts and intentions of the viewer. Abramovich's work explores this point: the limits of the physical body and the mental state of actors and observers.

    And, of course, it is important to understand that this art direction is not limited to Abramovich's works.

  2. This is a great question. The answer is definitely yes.

    First of all, art is always an academic work, in addition to intellectual work. I know from my own experience that every new major or complex job kills something alive in me. But, after that, replenishment occurs again, and again.. Monumental large-scale graphics are always a test of endurance for the creator.

    Secondly, it is psychological work. Here, most likely, lurk the most dangerous consequences for humans. From too deep immersion in thoughts or feelings of incomplete realization in the work, lead the author, sometimes, to inappropriate actions, apathy.

    A worthwhile artist, creator gives himself fully to his product, and this cannot but burn his psyche and health. Everything works in ballance. For the birth of a masterpiece, you will definitely suffer from fatigue and constant search for new solutions and approaches to interpreting the idea. Inspiration is an insidious thing. It appears at the beginning and easily disappears at the right time in the process !

  3. If you want to find the culprit , you will. Even in painting, even in music, even in literature, even in movies. Why is Mein Kampf considered extremist literature, but the Bible is not? Although, thanks to the Bible and a fictional character in it, many more people were killed than in the Second World War.

  4. Even ice cream, a rude word, or a flying bird can harm a person if:

    • go overboard with ice cream. Or art. Our heavy reliance on art can be harmful.
    • the harsh word hit our most painful spot, our old trauma. Well, like when you're standing on the edge of a cliff, and art has caused you a so-called state of passion. Art became the trigger, the trigger.
    • you have found yourself in a crowd of fans of the band Ramstein (Dynamo), returning from the concert with beer and songs.

    Someone hurt you before, and art pushed you.

    But in any case, art, like ice cream, is just the 4th reason in the queue that led to harm.

    In the first place of reasons, there are always problems inside us, which we protect, hide from ourselves according to the old childish principle: “Do not touch! Don't cry! And don't tell your mother, she'll scold you! Maybe it will pass by itself!”

  5. It doesn't really hurt to show it gradually.For example, the Malevich square can be shown first, it will not hurt even if you hang it upside down. Then some other “cubist”..and only then Picasso-his women-sledgehammers no longer hurt the male soul of a subtle organization).

  6. This is an interesting question. but here we need to clarify… Harm someone – the creator or, so to speak, the consumer?

    As a person who has something to do with art, I can say that for me this is the greatest joy in life, with the exception of the family sphere. Of course, if you immerse yourself in the process, then there is a dependence-not only on the result, but also on the process itself. Few things can compare to this.. and the power of emotions, and harmony reigning in the soul.

    As for the people “on the other side of the mirror glass” (I also consider myself one of them when I look at other artists ' paintings, listen to music, watch movies), there are certainly some destructive works, I will not mention them here.

    But again, it all depends on the degree of empathy of the perceiving art and, sorry, mental health. It happens that a person is so close to the edge that someone sneezed in his ear, and that's all… And then they also show him the “Call”, for example…

  7. Art should be safe by its Review-From-The-Side function. If it is dangerous , then this applies to sports, extreme sports, and so on. The person, the viewer, or the artist must remain in the security zone, from which the person can decide whether to leave it. Marina Abramovich, in particular, in her actions commits numerous substitutions of concepts, provocations and politicization, as the imposition of evaluative values. If she puts flowers and knives on the “palette”, then this is nothing more than a condition of the game, the participants must definitely empty the palette. And the fact that there was a loaded revolver in the palette is just criminal…

  8. Art is an artistic medium of information. Weapons of propaganda, striking with the art of seduction, disgust, acceptance, rejection. In this definition, the answer to the question is obvious. Art/weapons can protect a person, make them stronger. No less than hitting, dropping a falling person, finishing them off.

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