CHRIS BURDEN
Relic from “Back to You”
1974
Stainless steel bowl and push pins
Case: 10 x 10 x 10 inches
25.4 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm


Back to You
112 Green St., New York
January 16, 1974

Dressed only in pants, I was lying on a table inside a freight elevator with the door closed. Next to me on the table was a small dish of 5/8" steel push pins. Liza Bear requested a volunteer from the audience, and he was escorted to the elevator. As the door opened, a camera framing me form the waist up was turned on, and the audience viewed this scene on several monitored placed near the elevator. As the elevator went to the basement and returned, Liza told the audience that a sign in the elevator instructed the volunteer to "Please push pins into my body." The volunteer stuck 4 pins into my stomach and 1 pin into my foot during the elevator trip. When the elevator returned to the floor, the door opened, the volunteer stepped out, and the camera was turned off. The elevator returned to the basement.
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