For the past two years, this blog has served as a place for me to post ideas, thoughts, papers, and assignments related to my work as a MFA Design and Technology student at Parsons the New School for Design. Thanks to my fellow classmates and teachers within MFA DT as well as Parsons and the New School for a very rewarding experience. After graduating this past May (with honors, whoop!), I look forward to teaching Creative Computing at Parsons this Fall.
I’m excited about the upcoming conferences and festivals where I’ll be showing my Thesis work this Fall (which include the ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition at Georgia Tech and Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science). I will continue my work as a designer (and as a perpetual student of design) with relevant posts at a new blog. Thanks for reading.
Marina Abramović’s exhibit “The Artist is Present” at the MOMA is a clear and resounding statement for performance art, and the pieces/performances on display are shocking, disturbing, and will leave you with an understanding of the power and the possibilities of performance.
With written descriptions, videos, and images of performances, such as Rhythm 10, Rest Energy, Expanding Space, and AAA-AAA and live performers reenacting peices such as Imponderabilia, the number and volume of work (totaling over 50) is almost too much, leaving the audience in a state of wandering awe or stumbling grins.
In the main atrium, Abramović is performing in the exhibition with a 3 month long solo piece which includes audience participation.
The MOMA provided a number of interviews with Abramović online (link), and below are two different interviews discussing “The Body as Medium” and “Documenting Performance”:
A statement that stood out for me from the interviews was Marina’s comment about how some artists only left “documentation and not any kind of solution, how this actually can be turned into some kind of life process”. The work on display here is not just documentation but represents a visceral mastery of performer/audience experience and human interaction.
Abramović said that her hope was that before she dies, she leaves a good idea. I would say that she has left many.