We’re all homo sapiens, we’re educated, we don’t break the law and respect moral standards. But we all live in a society and have the ability to violate other people’s private space. But what happens if you let people do whatever they want without enforcing any rules or punishment? Some people wanted to find out.
At Bright Side, we decided to learn more about experiments that have been done on this topic and were shocked by the results. We wanted to find out why this happens and if there is a way to prevent it from happening in the future.
The experiment of Marina Abramović
Yugoslav artist, Marina Abramović decided to find out what people would do if they had absolute power over someone else. The idea was very simple:
she let other people do anything they wanted to her for 6 hours. The Rhythm 0 performance took place in Naples, 1974.
The work involved Abramović standing still while the audience was invited to do to her whatever they wished, using one of 72 objects she had placed on a table. These included a rose, feather, perfume, honey, bread, grapes, wine, scissors, a scalpel, nails, a metal bar, and a gun loaded with one bullet.
Her instructions were placed on the table: