Marina Abramovic announces new art project for Athens

Athens-based non-profit arts organization NEON, Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI), and Abramovic herself will join forces in a program of “Performance and Immaterial Art” at the Benaki Museum in Athens. “NEON-MAI Lab” will run in tandem with a second program of events also at the museum, which uses the Abramovic Method to engage viewers, who quickly become participants.

09 Jun 2014, London, England, UK --- Marina Abramovic attends a press conference for her "512 Days" happening at the Serpentine Gallery Pictured: Marina Abramovic --- Image by © Splash News/Splash News/Corbis 09 Jun 2014, London, England, UK — Marina Abramovic attends a press conference for her “512 Days” happening at the Serpentine Gallery Pictured: Marina Abramovic — Image by © Splash News/Splash News/Corbis

“We live in a world of constant distraction, where taking the time to connect to ourselves is becoming more and more difficult,” said Abramovi? 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.”

NEON-MAI Lab will consist of Abramovic herself working with the handpicked emerging artists on the principles of her artistic method.

Developed over 40 years of practice, the series of exercises that make up the Abramovic Method are designed to push the boundaries of the body and mind. The resulting work is intended to blur the line between the public and the art being created.

NEON-MAI Lab will be on view from 10th March – 24th April 2016 at the Benaki Museum in Athens; public participatory events will also take place at the museum. Via: Artnet

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