Top 10 : The Most Dangerous Artworks
TOP 10 CORPORALLY DANGEROUS ART WORKS : rated firstly by how dangerous it is for the audience and secondly for the artist
1. Delusions of Self-immolation (1993) by Erik Hobijn. A ‘suicide machine’ literally engulfing the participant in a lethal shower of flames.
2. Inheritance (2016) by Erich Berger and Mari Keto who made an exclusive necklace from radioactive material and gold. The piece is conceived as a ‘family jewellery’ as it must be stored for many generations before it is safe to wear
3. Event for penetration/extrapolation (1976) by Stelarc where he jumps through an huge sheet of glass, barely avoiding to cut himself to pieces.
4. Shoot (1967) by Chris Burden when he lets himself be shot in arm.
5. Shooting (2002) by Boris Sincek. To re-experience his traumas as a soldier during the Balkan wars he dressed in a bulletproof vest and was shot with a 9mm pistol by the curator Jurij Krpan.
6. Que le cheval vive en moi (May the horse live in me) (2011) by Marion LavalJeantet & Benoît Mangin; where Marion was injecting horse blood plasma aiming to blur the boundaries between species.
7. El-en-i’ (1998) by Ive Tabar. A medical love poem and performance where he touches his own heart by inserting a catheter into one of his major veins, pushing it to his heart until it starts to fibrilate, testing the tiny line between life and death.
8. Planting Grass (2000) and Earth (2004) by Yang Zhichao when he implanted respectively grass and earth into his own body, pinpointing his idea that the body is more comfortable with technology than nature.
9. Selfeater (2009) by Marko Marković where he eats a larger piece of his own skin including flesh.
10. I Miss You (1999 - 2005) by Franco B where he walks slowly up and down a catwalk while blood slowly drips from calendulas in his arms. A performative suicide ending with his own fainting or fatigue.