ABOUT MAI

MAI explores, supports, and presents performance. MAI encourages collaboration between the arts, science, and the humanities. MAI will serve as the legacy of Marina Abramovic.

Currently, MAI functions as a traveling Institute, partnering with venues and artists presenting workshops and collaborative projects. The Institute has taken complete form to date in São Paulo (2015) and Athens (2016), and has presented numerous iterations of the Method in locations including Sydney, Buenos Aires, Basel, and Toronto.

The Abramovic Method is a public participatory event joining people in a communal experience to connect with oneself and with each other. Inside this non-discriminatory and non-hierarchical space, the public participates in a number of exercises and observes others as they participate.

THE BEGINNINGS OF MAI

Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) is the legacy of Serbian performance artist, Marina Abramovic. It is an organization that will expand the accessibility of time-based work and create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields.

Marina Abramovic is a New York-based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over four decades, her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

Abramovic was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2008, she was decorated with the Austrian Commander Cross for her contribution to art history. View the videos below (directed by Milica Zec) to learn more about Abramovic and her work:
In 2010, Abramovic had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for 716 hours in “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During this performance, Abramovic engaged in mutual gaze with more than one thousand strangers over the course of three months. Over 750,000 visitors came to see “The Artist Is Present” and Abramovic was inspired by the general public’s desire to engage with immaterial works. This is when her vision of MAI was born.

Learn more about Abramovic's life and work here.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION

Throughout history, there have been many productive overlaps in fields of knowledge: prominent mathematicians worked out calculations to serve ritual requirements of spiritual centers, philosophers explored scientific avenues to revitalize the arts. MAI encourages collaborative projects by:
  • Inviting artists to propose, present, and premiere works of performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, and more
  • Providing space and resources for artists, scientists, and thinkers to co-create and develop new projects
  • Hosting lectures, workshops, community outreach initiatives, public programs, and continuing education classes, as well as a library of time-based works