Marina Abramovic at Location ONE

When 31 Dec 1969

Marina Abramovic: Performing the Gallery/Performing the Museum

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 6-8pm

Public Discussion with MARINA ABRAMOVIC presented by Jovana Stokic

Inauguration of ABRAMOVIC STUDIO at LOCATION ONE!!

: An evening to inaugurate the ‘Abramovic Studio’ at LOCATION ONE.  Beginning October 2009, the studio brings performance artists together to explore durational works through experimental and expressive workshops and discussions.

: Prior to the inauguration of Abramovic Studio, Marina Abramovic gave a short talk about her personal investigation of performance art and its ability to transform time and space.  She introduced us to her Manchester Whitworth Gallery exhibition, held July 3 – 19 2009, a piece shaped by an emptied Whitworth and an hour-long performance initiation lead by Abramović. She also spoke of the importance of minimal and ethnic integration in performance, and described transformative force as a need to create something new for oneself.

: Performance-based artists mentioned during talk include:

Yingmei Duan, Eun-hye Hwang, Terence Koh, Melati Suryodamo, Nikhil Chopra, Tehching Hsieh, Ivan Civic, Amanda Coogan, Kira O’Reilly and Nico Vascellari

: During the course of the presentation, Abramovic mentioned the outdatedness of manifestos but her need to call for its return.  She recited her own, and in it described her beliefs on the obligations of an artist.

Poetically recited:

An artist should not lie

An artist should not make compromises

An artist should not make idols

An artist should not make himself into an idol

. . .

An artist’s relation to the erotic

An artist should develop an erotic point of view of the world

An artist should be erotic

An artist should be erotic

An artist’s relation to suffering

An artist should suffer

From the suffering comes the best work

Suffering brings transformation

Through the suffering an artist transcends the spirit

Through the suffering an artist transcends the spirit

Through the suffering an artist transcends the spirit

An artist’s relation to depression

An artist should not be depressed

Depression is disease and should be cured

Depression is not productive for an artist

Depression is not productive for an artist

An artist’s relation to suicide

Suicide is a crime against life

An artist should not commit suicide

An artist should not commit suicide

An artist’s relation to inspiration

An artist should look deep inside himself for inspiration

The deeper he looks inside himself, the more universal he becomes

The artist is universe

The artist is universe

The artist is universe

An artist’s relation to self-control

The artist should not have self-control about his life

The artist should have total self-control about his work

The artist should not have self-control about his life

The artist should have total self-control about his work

An artist’s relation to transparency

The artist should give and receive at the same time

Transparency means receptiveness

Transparency means to give

An artist’s relation to symbols

An artist creates his own symbols

Symbols are an artist’s language

The language must be translated

Sometimes it’s difficult to find the key
Sometimes it’s difficult to find the key

Sometimes it’s difficult to find the key

An artist’s relation to science

An artist has to understand science

An artist has to create a space for science to enter his work

Science is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean

Science is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean

Science is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean

An artist’s relation to solitude

An artist must make time for long periods of solitude

Solitude is extremely important

Away from home

Away from studio

Away from family

Away from friends

An artist should stay a long period time at the waterfalls

An artist should stay along period of time with exploding volcanoes

An artist should stay a long period of time looking at the fast running rivers

An artist should stay a long period of time looking at the horizon, where the ocean and sky meet

An artist should stay a long period of time looking at the stars in the night sky

An artist’s conduct in relation to work

An artist should avoid going into studio everyday

An artist should not treat his work schedule as a bank employee person

An artist should explore life and work only when the idea comes to him in a dream, a dream in the day as a vision that arrives as a surprise

An artist should not repeat himself

An artist should not overproduce

An artist should avoid his own art pollution

An artist should avoid his own art pollution
An artist should avoid his own art pollution

An artist’s possessions

Buddhist monks advise to have nine possessions in life:

One robe for summer

One robe for winter

One pair of shoes

One begging bowl for food

One sitonette

One prayer book

One umbrella

One mat to sleep on

One pair of glasses, if needed

An artist should decide for himself the minimum personal possessions for himself

An artist should have more and more of less and less

An artist should have more and more of less and less

An artist should have more and more of less and less

A list with artists’ friends

An artist should have friends that lift the spirit

An artist should have friends that lift the spirit

An artist should have friends that lift the spirit

A list with artists’ enemies

Enemies are very important

The Dalai Lama said that it’s easy to have compassion with friends but much more difficult to have compassion with enemies

An artist has to learn to forgive

An artist has to learn to forgive

An artist has to learn to forgive

Different death scenarios

An artist has to beware of his own mortality

For an artist it is not only important how he lives his life, but also how he dies

An artist should look at the symbols of his work for the sign of different death scenarios

An artist should die consciously without fear

An artist should die consciously without fear

An artist should die consciously without fear

Different funeral scenarios

An artist should give instructions before the funeral so that everything is done the way he wants it

The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving

The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving
The funeral is the artist’s last piece before leaving.

: Marina Abramović is a performance-based artist and pioneer of performance as visual art, alongside Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci and Chris Burden.  Since the beginning of her career in the early 1970s, she has used the body as both subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. She has created some of the most historic early performance pieces and continues to make important durational works. Abramović is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery.

: LOCATION ONE, 26 Greene Street, NY NY 10013 – Tel: 212.334.3347

Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One’s residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.