Art as experience and Marina Abramović Institute
This post is not about Marina Abramović’ Institute -one of the most powerful figures in the history of Contemporary Art-, a performance and education center based in Hudson, New York , that will serve as her legacy and homage to time-based and immaterial art.
This post is about performance art, a form of art which I find the greatest art form of our times. Because performance art has to do with the mind, like getting inside yourself, finding your inner self, and having the most honest experiences. And while the artist delivers his message to the people, those who truly care to take the time, they will have enriched their soul and their mind. Because performance art can only be honest and powerful. It cannot be described, it’s a dialogue of energies. The principle of it is ‘you give me your time, I give you an experience’ (Marina Abramović)
We live in so many realities, such entangled states of being, that we hardly, if ever, are able to perceive the NOW. We do so much, experience so little, we share emotions we hardly take the time to actually enjoy.
The same in art, or in fashion- even more so, I find a lot of productive effort which is not honest to the self, the creator. While performance art is pure, it’s so sincere and intimate, just like breaking all the boundaries in your mind and putting your soul out on a platter. In performance art, ‘the artist is present’ and true.
As public, performance art might be disturbing, or boring, but just as Marina Abramović says, this is what performance art is all about: learning how to see things with your mind, ‘how to see something when nothing’s happening’.
So take your time and feel the NOW. ‘That’s the NOW, and that’s the only reality that is.’
Marina Abramović and the Institute – A film by Derek Peck