Marina Abramović

Watched the HBO Documentary ‘Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present’ which captures the preparation and performance of her retrospective at MOMA in NYC. The MOMA exhibition is a recreation of her work over three decades as well as a new performance piece where she sits in a chair and invites the audience to sit, one at a time, in the chair opposite of her. While it sounds quite pedestrian, it becomes a moving experience for the participants, and a reflection of their own selves. By the end of the run people are sleeping outside overnight just to get in line to sit in front of her. Simple, profound, and provocative.

From Wikipedia: Marina Abramović, born November 30, 1946 is a Belgrade-born New York-based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art”. Abramović’s work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

From Wikipedia: In artperformance art is a performance presented to an audience, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer’s body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work.

Website: Abramovic Made Me Cry: Abramovic Made Me Cry Website

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