In her lifetime, the Grandmother of Performance Art, Marina Abramovic, has legitimized performance as an art form, risen to art world superstardom and made countless people cry. Despite the immensity of her accomplishments, the ambitious artiste is far from satisfied with her artistic impact. Scroll down for more arts news.
According to ArtDaily, Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity, recently announced that Abramovic will feature a seven-part participatory installation at the festival, dubbed MarinaAbramovicInstitute – Prototype.
The collaborative piece is the largest manifestation of the Marina Abramovic Method to date, a method which aims to cultivate performance as a living archive, constantly documenting and reenacting performance art pieces. For the project, Abramovic invites visitors to join the performance, donning white lab coats and headphones to disconnect themselves from the outside world for two hours. Afterward, the participants are asked to record their experience, focusing on the present while removed from technology.
Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director of Luminato, explained the magnitude of Abramovic's project to ArtDaily: "Even though she is such an auratic performer, she has also established the fact that a work of performance art does not have to die with the performer."
As if Abramovic was not busy enough, this past week the devoted 68-year-old gave a TimesTalk on her upcoming opera "The Life And Death Of Marina Abramovic" two days after stopping by Brian Lehrer's radio show to discuss her new project, "Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze," a performance installation that explores the phenomenon of non-verbal communication.
Listen to the interview with Ms. Abramovic below and let us know what you think of the artist's scientific know-how in the comments.
Growing up in Serbia, Marina was raised by a militant mother who wouldn't allow her daughter to leave the house after 10pm. In fact, Marina was so sheltered that when she started performing, she did not know that other performance artists were experimenting with body art as communication with countries outside of Yugoslavia was limited. As a result, her relatives and teachers were weary of her early projects, with her family suggesting that Marina see a mental health specialist. The artist left to live on her own at the age of 29 years old. IMAGE: In this 2011 photo released by Rio Film Festival, performance artist Marina Abramovic, left, performs during the making of the documentary film "Bob Wilson's Life and Death of Marina Abramovic." The film, by director Giada Colagrande, chronicles the staging of a play loosely based on Abramovic's traumatic childhood at the hands of an abusive and tyrannical mother. The film is playing at the 2012 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. (AP Photo/Lucie Jansch, Rio Film Festival)
During the early stages of her career, Abramovic enjoyed attending surgeries in hospitals, watching the exposed bodies for hours as she tested her own physical limitations.
During a 1974 performance of Rhythm 5, Abramovic leapt into a flaming replica of a communist star and lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen. Because of the light and smoke emitted from the flames, onlookers did not realize she had passed out and the artist was only rescued moments before the flames approached her body.
When Marina began a relationship and artist partnership with Ulay in 1976, the two sought to become "the other" and often referred to themselves as parts of a "two-headed body." The two would dress and act alike, creating what critics referred to as a phantom identity.
In AAA-AAA, a performance by Marina and Ulay in 1978, the two artist faced each other, screaming at the top of their voices into each other’s mouths until exhaustion. Spoiler alert: Marina wins the scream fest.
As part of a 2005 Guggenheim exhibition, Abramovic recreated the works of seven performance artists included Vito Acconci, the "Seedbed" artist who famously masturbated under the floorboards of a gallery as visitors walked overhead.
In the run-up to "The Artist is Present", Abramovic followed a strict training programme created by NASA in order to work on both her physical and mental endurance. IMAGE: Detail of atmosphere at the 'Marina Abramovic' New York Screening at MOMA on May 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
A video game titled "The Artist Is Present" imitates the experience of the 2010 MoMA exhibit of the same name. In the game, you have to wait in line, squeeze through naked people to get to the artist, and finally you get to sit in a chair and stare.
Marina joined forces with Antony and The Johnsons Frontman, Antony Hegarty, to create an opera based on Marina's childhood. Titled "The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic," the opera stars Marina and Willem Defoe, accompanied by music composed by Hegarty. Marina is also pals with Bjork, Rufus Wainwright, and James Franco. IMAGE: Marina Abramovic at the photo call for the movie 'Bob Wilson's Life and Death of Marina Abramovic' at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Marina Abramovic is not a feminist. She has said this to interviewers on several occasions. During one such interview with HuffPost Arts, she said, "Why am I not feminist? Maybe because I come from a country where my mother ruled my life. I never felt in any way that I couldn't achieve what I want." But that didn't stop her from hosting a women-only lecture at the 2012 Meltdown music festival. IMAGE: Artist Marina Abramovic poses for portraits at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
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