Featured Long Durational Work
Counting (2005), Snežana Golubović
Duration: Six Hours
There is a story that Nikola Tesla, a famous Serbian inventor (best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) would never touch another person’s hair. Tesla, who had many fears and obsessions, claimed that it felt too intimate and scary for him to touch someone else’s source of power and electricity. Based on this story, Sneźana Golubović believes as well that hair is a source of human energy. Specially, Golubović views hair as a source of power for a woman.
In the summer of 2005, German performance artist Herma Auguste Wittstock invited Golubović to create a collaborative work with her. The original idea was to have Wittstock count Golubović’s hair, but during the preparation for the Performance Event Brutal Education in Avignon, the concept for the work was changed. Instead of Wittstock counting Golubović’s hair, Golubović counted her own. Since then, the performance has been realized 17 times, each time varying in duration. The first performance in Avignon was the longest, occurring over six hours with 7,046 strands of the artist’s hair counted.