Abramović Studio at Location One
The Marina Abramović Studio is a space within Location One dedicated to the ongoing performance series of long-durational works focusing on open-ended forms of workshops, panels and discussions. It includes resident artists at the Location One as well as a larger community of artists and thinkers interested in the development of performance art as practiced by the pioneer of performance art Marina Abramovic for almost four decades. “The laboratory approach” of the Marina Abramović Studio has the goal of supporting the growth of performance art by promoting the works of emerging artists on an international scale, organizing and collaborating on events using a network of people converging at Location One. It shows the commitment to experimentation across all art forms and points to recent efforts to return performance art to its central position within the gallery system. Starting in the Fall of 2009, the ongoing performance workshops will occasionally be opened to the public in the form of live art exhibitions. In addition, public panels and discussions will promote and seek critical discourses on contemporary performance art practice and related issues. The first event open to the public at Location One presented Abramović’s dynamic vision for this specific institution. All programs are curated by Jovana Stokić.
October 27, 2009 Marina Abramović: Performing the Gallery/Performing the Museum The discussion focused on Abramović’s investigations of the transformative quality of time in context of a gallery exhibition. The talk included exclusive video material from Abramovic’s innovative group exhibition in Manchester Whitworth Art Gallery, held July 3 – 19 2009. For this groundbreaking event, the Whitworth emptied every gallery space in order to create room for this unique work to develop and breathe. The show began with an hour-long performance initiation with Marina Abramović, leading up to a series of extraordinary encounters between artists and audience. Quite unlike anything staged before in a museum or a gallery, it provided a transformative gallery-going experience. more >>
Friday, November 7, 2009