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Marina Abramovic; The Artist is Present
Matthew Akers, USA 2012, 106 min
In English. No subtitles.
Fredag 21 september kl. 19:00
UKS, Lakkegata 55D

Marina Abramovic;


En film om
Marina Abramovic

... illuminating and inspiring
 - Time Out

Marina Abramović emerges from this arresting documentary as the Maria Callas of performance art.
 - The Guardian

An exhilarating, elegantly executed film that holds a mirror up to the art world, its protagonists and its devotees, forcing us to question the whole circus.
 - The Observer

Ms. Abramovic is an eloquent and passionate explicator of her art and the experiences that informed it.
 - The New York Times

Grand Jury Price
  - Sundance Film Festival 2012

Panorama Audience Award
  - Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Special Jury Award
  - Sheffield Doc Fest

About the film:

Skrevet av / written by Linus Elmes, UKS

The Artist is Present is a feature-length documentary about Marina Abramović and the preparations for her 2011 retrospective at MoMA (New York). Abramović is portrayed as a glamorous art-world-icon and myth of her own making on the verge to take the leap into – what under these pre-set conditions only can be understood as – the exhilarating milestone moment of desire for any living artist, a major solo at a premium museum.

While the installation and exhibition period serve as a narrative spine, the strategic game played between Abramović and her long time friend, MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach also reflect upon constituting factors in the intricate web of legitimating a legacy.

Abramović’s ambitious plan seems to be that of securing a future understanding of performance as a legitimate art form and thereby also her own importance in art history, and the MoMA show is the vehicle to achieve it – once and for all. An ambition seemingly far from Abramović’s own device “The hardest thing is to do something which is close to nothing”.

While the context and the institution serve as tools for her agenda, the film also allows us to follow Abramović's sketches for the new work that will be the centrepiece of the exhibition. As such, the work is perfectly scripted for her purpose. It is not only the longest-duration work in her career, it is also claimed to be the most physically and emotionally demanding one. Only the thought of it “made me nauseous” Abramović says in the film.

The work that also lends the title to the film – The Artist is Present – consists of Abramović herself, sitting at a table in the museum’s atrium while individual members of the audience are invited to join her – one at the time – at the opposite end of the table. The conditions are simple; no talking, no touching, no overt communication. Abramović’s goal is to achieve what she refers to as a “luminous state of being” and to transmit this in “an energy dialogue”.

In the film Abramović’s performance of presence becomes a metaphoric manifestation where she returns to her roots in order to crystallize her own simplicity and purity – the moment where life becomes art and art becomes life – or is it, art becomes documentary film becomes advertising?


See trailer of Marina Abramovic - The Artist is Present:

UKS, Lakkegata 55D

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