Marina Abramovic

MARINA ABRAMOVIC

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I have looked at Marina Abramovic's work before in the past, and when I was searching for a starting point to begin my Unit 7 project, I went back to the piece that moved me: The Artist is Present.

Just to re-cap, The Artist is Present was a performance piece that Abramovic undertook at the MOMA in New York. For 2 or so months, she sat in an empty gallery hall, and invited the public to sit in front of her, simply staring, silent and unmoving. Although some people failed to understand the piece, some people were very moved, and tears were shed in heightened emotion. The thought and feeling that went into the piece was amazing. It made me ask myself questions, which I have mentioned in my proposal: "...how much do we rely on sight to connect with one another? When we interact, how much does looking at someone’s face affect the way in which we communicate? Nowadays, we are obsessed with social media, particularly instant messaging platforms, in which you rarely see the face of the person you’re directly talking to. However, we claim we know these people well, even though half of the time we’re not actually seeing their physical responses to us." 

I'd like to reverse the principle that Abramovic tackled in her piece, and start thinking about what I'd like to achieve by my Unit 7 work. I'd like to experiment with obscuring the face in the photos/videos I take during this project. I want to conduct interviews with people that I find interesting, and ask them questions that can reveal a little piece of them, bit by bit. I want to see how much the public can connect with the people I interview just by knowing their answers, and not seeing their face.

I'd like to refer back to Abramovic's concepts throughout this project, making sure that I always ask myself questions about why I'm doing this or that, and strive to make my work level up to her standard.

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