COUNTING (2005)

Featured Long Durational Work

Counting (2005), Snežana Golubović

Duration: Six Hours

Text by Snežana Golubović and Karina Vahitova
Cover photograph by Eyal Perry

There is a story that Nikola Tesla, a famous Serbian inventor (best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) would never touch another person’s hair. Tesla, who had many fears and obsessions, claimed that it felt too intimate and scary for him to touch someone else’s source of power and electricity. Based on this story, Sneźana Golubović believes as well that hair is a source of human energy. Specially, Golubović views hair as a source of power for a woman.

"Counting Lesson 2" (2006), Sneźana Golubović. Photograph by Ivan Petrovic

In the summer of 2005, German performance artist Herma Auguste Wittstock invited Golubović to create a collaborative work with her. The original idea was to have Wittstock count Golubović’s hair, but during the preparation for the Performance Event Brutal Education in Avignon, the concept for the work was changed. Instead of Wittstock counting Golubović’s hair, Golubović counted her own. Since then, the performance has been realized 17 times, each time varying in duration. The first performance in Avignon was the longest, occurring over six hours with 7,046 strands of the artist’s hair counted. 



Snežana Golubović was born in the year The Rolling Stones rocked the world with "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction." She grew up with the Belgrade Alternative Scene (BAS), heard Ekatarina Velika, read Ivo Andrić and Danilo Kiš, visited BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival) and FEST (Film festival), studied Drama, wrote about music and film, spent her summers in Dubrovnik and made her own radio and TV programs. In 1992, she moved to Germany where she has worked independently as an actress / performer in professional productions directed by renowns such as Alexander Brill, Dirk Hauser, Angie Hiesl, Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway. She was an assistant to Marina Abramović and a member of the Independent Performance Group (I.P.G.), which was founded and led by Abramović. Her works have been shown internationally at, amongst others: NMAC Foundation, Cadiz (2004), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (2005), Avignon Theatre Festival (2005), Venice Biennale (2007), OPEN International Performance Art Festival, Bejing (2008 & 2009), Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels (2011), RAPID PULSE International Performance Art Festival, Chicago (2012), I Venice International Performance Art Week (2012), Live Biennale, Vancouver (2013) and Mostra Performatus #1, São Paulo, Brazil (2014). Her website can be found here.