Artist unveils plan for New York center to showcase 'duration-based' performance art
By Ula Ilnytzky, AP
May 9, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
NEW YORK--Performance artist Marina Abramovic plans to build a US$15 million center in upstate New York devoted to the research and production of duration-based works of art lasting from six hours to several days.
She unveiled the design for The Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art at MoMA PS 1 on Monday.
In a phone interview last week, Abramovic said the architectural firm OMA will transform a former tennis center in Hudson, New York — about two hours north of New York City — into a 23,000-square-foot (2,137-square-meter) facility featuring ramps and specially designed lighting and furniture, including chairs equipped with wheels for visitors who fall asleep during the lengthy performances.
Construction is expected to begin at the end of next year. The opening is projected for late 2014.
The 65-year-old artist said the institute will be part art center, part school, for ephemera performances involving video, opera, film, music, dance and theater in an environment that erases the boundary between artist and viewer as both don white lab coats and interact constantly.
Due to the marathon nature of the works, tired or sleeping visitors reclining on "durational chairs" will be rolled by an attendant to a sleep area and rolled back when they awake, all the while remaining a part of the performance piece.
In the future, Abramovic also plans to build a small hotel to accommodate visitors and a residence for 25 artists who will attend on a grant each year to produce their own performance piece.
Serge Le Borgne, a Paris gallerist and curator, will serve as director of the institute.
"I'm not going to run the center," said Abramovic. "I'm going to create a concept and also make some courses myself. But I really want to create a legacy that can run without me."