In 1922, the german artist Kurt Schwitters begin to unite his drawings, writings, poetry under a singular title - Mertz. Under Mertz- that became his life Project- Schwitters deconstructs and glues together artistic mediums, cultural references, Language, materiality, form, meanings. The wok itself is vast and varies from painting, collages work, writing to the reshaping of spacs, architecture and habitat. It's a Total Art project that demands to redefine a new environment to the new human.
Marina Abramovic is one of the most influential figures in contemporary art, yet her early and defining works were the result of a unique collaboration. During those years she has creates a significant body of works that embodied the relationship, the tension, the gap, the bond between her and her partner Ulay. These very sculptural performance art works were made out of extremely direct actions, wise and full of danger and sexuality. The multiple oppositions - Male/Female - Body/Soul - Art/Life - are all stretched to the very end of limits, and then some more- back to the human.
There is of course no artists filed in which Duchamp is not cited as its inventor and main influence. However, even in his most sculptural works- performance is always a central and pivotal element.( his work Rrose Selavy - where he creates his own Female alter ego - is a defining moment of gender performance). Still the Étant donnés has a particular statue. This Alchimic installation creates a performative situation for the object and for the viewers themselve who become activated by the work. It is a defining moment that reshapes the act of viewing and transforms the body of the spectator into a performance.