23 April 2014
If you want to do a workshop with her, you will have to sign an agreement: no eating and no talking for the first three days. Smoking, sex and drinking alcohol are forbidden. Purified in this way, the body is able to start perceiving its limits and overcoming them. For Marina Abramović, in fact, performance is a continual act of reshaping of the self. In MAI-Marina Abramović Institute, just published by 24 Ore Cultura, Abramović tells the story of her teaching activity: from 1989, the year in which she declared herself ready to pass on her inner world to her students, to the setting up of the MAI, scheduled to open in 2016. The institute will be located on the site of a theater built in the 1920s in Hudson, New York, and will consist of a multifunctional space, with rooms for the mind, the spirit, levitation and reading. All the rooms will face onto a large white hall, dedicated to performance. The design, entrusted to Rem Koolhaas’s OMA studio, aims to integrate the Abramović method with the surroundings. Visits will last at least six hours. To guarantee this, viewers will have to sign a piece of paper. A performance within the performance.