Marina Abramović: An art made of trust, vulnerability and connection
Marina Abramović - Performance artist
In her performances she’s been cut, burned, and nearly shot -- but Marina Abramović's boldest work yet is a gargantuan institute dedicated to transformation through art. Full bio
the razor blade, the hammer
even killing me.
performance was easy.
the glass of water to drink,
and cut my clothes,
and stuck them in my stomach.
and cut my neck and drank the blood,
because it was just a normal opening,
and put me on the table,
and put it against my temple.
and they started a fight.
and tears were running down my face.
with myself as a normal human being.
it was at two in the morning.
what the performance is.
so many different explanations,
for performance is very simple.
and physical construction
in a specific time
make the piece together.
performance and theater is huge.
the blood is the material,
in the real time,
of these types of things twice -- ever.
the performance is --
are always afraid of very simple things.
we're afraid of pain,
in front of the audience.
and push my body as far as I can.
from these fears.
you can do it for you.
I actually fell in love with.
and the pistols and the bullets,
you have to trust the person completely
is pointing to my heart.
is rushing and so on,
to another human being.
both male and female energy.
comes to an end, ours went too.
like normal human beings do
of China to say goodbye.
and he started from the Gobi Desert.
the 12 Chinese provinces,
how I see the public.
I made in those days
some very strong, charismatic image,
for any war at any time,
but there's always some war, somewhere.
dead, big, bloody cow bones.
you never can wash shame off the wars.
and wars are coming off these bones,
an unbearable smell.
who really changed my life,
which I just recently made.
when I said to the curator,
an empty chair at the front,
can come and sit as long as they want."
this is New York,
when the museum is open 10 hours,
and I'm still sitting,
maybe 10 or 15 years ago --
experience something different,
they would come and sit in front of me,
for hours and hours and hours
they're filmed by the camera,
except in themselves.
when you look in somebody else's eyes,
with that total stranger,
from that chair after three months,
that I have a very strong mission,
of immaterial performing arts.
the next day it's there.
you only have the memory,
if you talk about immaterial art,
absolutely highest art of all,
and then everything else.
in Hudson, upstate New York,
with Rem Koolhaas, an idea.
you have to give me your time.
before you enter the building,
a full six hours,
word of honor and you leave before --
you get a certificate of accomplishment,
you have to do is dress in lab coats.
just a viewer into experimenter.
your iPhone, your iPod, your computer
for yourself for the first time.
wrong with technology,
we have for ourselves.
to actually give you back this time.
you start slowing down.
to learn how to drink water --
for maybe half an hour.
the magnet chamber,
some magnet streams on your body.
you go to crystal chamber.
you go to eye-gazing chamber,
a chamber where you are lying down.
of the human body,
mentally and physically,
something with a long duration,
it can be a theater piece,
because now you are comfortable.
where you're going to see the work.
because it's been a long day,
transported to the parking lot.
for a certain amount of time,
you just, you know, go back,
making my institute in Brazil,
to Canada and everywhere.
a kind of simple method,
in your own life.
you can make life, too.
of being bored, being angry,
the amount of rice you're counting.
amount of peace you get
that you don't hear anything,
together without sound,
just the simple silence.
we like in our life.
if you always do things the same way.
I'm afraid of, the things I fear,
that nobody's ever been.
if you experiment, you can fail.
and you don't fail,
over and over again.
right now need a change,
is a personal level change.
to change consciousness
how it's different,
and they're not right,
and there's hunger in the world
to this whole thing?
the one you don't know,
in their eyes, right now?
of your time, that's so little.
don't be self-conscious.
stranger in your eyes, in his eyes.
About the speaker:Marina Abramović - Performance artist
In her performances she’s been cut, burned, and nearly shot -- but Marina Abramović's boldest work yet is a gargantuan institute dedicated to transformation through art.
Why you should listen
Marina Abramović burst onto the '70s art scene with cathartic performances that tested the limits of spectator participation and personal safety. The Artist Is Present, a Museum of Modern Art performance in which thousands of viewers queued for hours to face Abramović across a table, moved many to tears, and launched Abramović into mainstream celebrity.
Her latest work-in-progress is the MAI (Marina Abramović Institute), a sprawling upstate New York complex devoted to the preservation of durational performance pieces, arts education and the pursuit of heightened consciousness through Abramović’s artistic practices.
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