Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Stillness Project

Greetings, fair readers! I just got done watching a really moving video at by an artist named Marina Abramovic. She did an exhibit where she invited strangers to sit across from her for almost a minute, and do nothing but maintain eye contact and complete silence. Sounds boring, right?

WRONG! Check out the video here and just see some of the responses! It seems like a very emotional process, looking at the expresses on some of the faces. And this got me to wondering why.

When I viewed the video, I almost felt envious of the experimenters in it. I felt, how great would that be to just have someone paying absolute attention to you, actually seeing you, without hurrying past or wanting something from you. No idle small talk to be polite, no expectations.

This exhibit struck a serious cord with me particularly because of the busy life I lead. Not just me, but everyone really. Ask yourself, when is the last time you just sat, in silence, without thoughts and to-do lists racing through your brain? Exactly. This quiet, peace, or just plain stillness is what is missing from many of our lives today.

What's your take on the video? Intuitive experiment or bull crockery? Let me know in the comments section.

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