After the artist's body is covered with iron scraps and very strong magnets, other performers throw nails at her that stick to this iron armor, until she can't stand the weight of the material any more.
With that in mind, I've created a simple plan -- a cheat sheet of what you cannot miss this fair-going weekend, which of course leaves you more time to visit Basel's phenomenal museums and collections, swim in the Rhine, and take a day trip to the Black Forest.
World-renowned artist Marina Abramović walked the Great Wall of China, had a loaded gun pointed at her head and sat in silence for over 700 hours -- all to give art a new meaning. She told Max Tholl why future generations should treat her legacy like Beethoven's.
During the Communist era, the governments in East-Central Europe tried to shoehorn art into the category of socialist realism. Artists were reconfigured as cultural workers who ideally created works to advance society. Many artists, not surprisingly, refused to play this game.
World known performance icon Marina Abramović teaches us how to turn an everyday moment into an extraordinary event: "Water is something we drink every day, but not consciously". Watch her as she demonstrates how a glass of water should be experienced.
"One boy said that he came to the Kickstarter from Lady Gaga's page and spent 11 hours researching performance art and drinking water slowly. This makes me very happy, because I hope the institute will be this kind of resource for a new generation of artists, scientists and thinkers."