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.