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Bruce NaumanElke Allowing the Floor to Rise Up Over Her and Tony Sinking into the Floor, 1973, video

Nauman instructed Elke to think that the molecules of her body were slowly mixing with the molecules of the floor and that she would become part of it. Although she had practiced the performance the day before, Nauman’s instructions had a powerful effect on her: she became frightened that she was filling up with the molecules of the floor and that she couldn’t breathe. Similarly, in the second tape, Tony started to choke after sixty minutes; he felt that he could not breathe and that he was sinking through the floor too fast and wouldn’t be able to get out. It is interesting to see that the two performers had the exact same reaction to the performance, an extreme. The videos show how focusing on one thought–negative, in this case—can have corporeal side-effect and thus become potentially dangerous. (via)

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