Medium: Performance, Venice, Calif.
Date: 1973

As Burden describes this performance piece, “At 6 p.m. I stood in the doorway of my studio facing the Venice boardwalk. A few spectators watched as I pushed two live electric wires into my chest. The wires crossed and exploded, burning me but saving me from electrocution." Similar to Burden's other physical tests, this performance once again tests the artist's endurance, bringing him to the precipice of death. By using electricity, what we rely on to keep our bodies comfortable (with heading, air conditioning, light, etc.), Burden turns this essentially modern element into a dangerous force.