Marina Abramović is slated to have a busy spring. The artist will lead a large-scale performance project at the Benaki Museum in Athens beginning March 10.
Athens-based non-profit arts organization NEON, Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), and Abramović herself will join forces in a program of “Performance and Immaterial Art" at the museum. “NEON-MAI Lab" will run in tandem with a second program of events also at the museum, which uses the Abramović Method to engage viewers, who quickly become participants.
“We live in a world of constant distraction, where taking the time to connect to ourselves is becoming more and more difficult," said Abramović of the project. "I have designed this experience to give the public the opportunity to be free from these distractions and to be connected with themselves, with each other, and with the present moment. Never has this been more relevant, than in Greece in these trying times."
"We are all working around the clock to produce an amazing experience for the audience," NEON's director Elina Kountouri told artnet News. She explained that "Abramović and her team" trained a group Greek performance artists in the Abramović Method. As a result, "the whole building at the Benaki Museum will be transformed into a vivid performance space where people examine human boundaries, strength and possibly trust."
NEON-MAI Lab will be on view from 10 March – 24 April 2016 at the Benaki Museum in Athens; public participatory events will also take place at the museum.
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