Marina Abramovic launches crowdfunding campaign for Hudson-based performance art school

Marina Abramovic, who is most recently famous for her 2010 performance, “The Artist is Present” at MoMa, is looking to crowdfund the Marina Abramovic Institute. The institute is located at 620 Columbia Street in Hudson and is looking to fund it’s next phase through kickstarter. If you honestly don’t know who she is, read her Wikipedia page. Seriously, do it.

From the kickstarter page:

Marina Abramovic Institute is dedicated to the presentation and preservation of long durational work, including that of performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, and other forms that may develop in the future. MAI will foster collaboration between art, science, technology, and spirituality, bringing these fields into conversation with long durational work. MAI will provide an educational space to host workshops, lectures, residencies, and research.

MAI will be a platform for long durational work. A long durational work is any work (of performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, and others) whose performance exceeds six hours.

The performer’s use of time is a crucial element of this genre. By slowing down, lengthening, or repeating actions normally unexamined, a long durational work encourages both its performers and audience to step outside of traditional conceptions of time and examine what this experience means to them.

This is seriously incredible to have this so close to us. Read through the kickstarter campaign, watch the video below and if you can afford it, donate!

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