On Relics, Hermann Nitsch and the Creation of Value in Art

  • Selin Karaman
Keywords: Hermann Nitsch, Vienna Actionism, relics, value, art


A student essay for the Special Student Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology accompanying the art exhibition 'Artist's Waste, Wasted Artists', which opened in Vienna on the 19th of September 2017 and was curated by the students of social anthropology at the University of Vienna. This essay analyzes the meaning and symbolic value of 'relics' of Hermann Nitsch's ritual performances.