Seedbed (performance piece)  

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Seedbed is a performance piece first performed by Vito Acconci on 15–29 January 1972 at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York.

In Seedbed Acconci lay hidden underneath a gallery-wide ramp installed at the Sonnabend Gallery, masturbating while vocalizing into a loudspeaker his fantasies about the visitors walking above him on the ramp. One motivation behind Seedbed was to involve the public in the work's production by creating a situation of reciprocal interchange between artist and viewer.

A low wooden ramp merging with the floor - it extends across the width of the room, beginning two feet up the side of one wall and slanting down to the middle of the floor. (A viewer comes in the door, walks across the room, onto the ramp; my voice comes up from below).

Marina Abramovic performed Seedbed as part of her Seven Easy Pieces in 2005.

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