I developed these workshops over 40 years of teaching, in order for my students to prepare for long durational performance. They provide a reset for the body and give a set of tools to manage the challenges of the mind.
These skills are universal. The workshops are now open to anyone, in any discipline.
- Marina Abramovic
The upcoming workshops will take place may 2019, in a private forest location in EVIA, GREECE. Space per session is extremely limited.
CONDITIONS OF THE WORKSHOPS:
Duration of workshop: 5 days*
*Arrival onsite on the first session day
Departure from site on the last session day
These workshops will be led by Paula Garcia, Lynsey Peisinger, and Billy Zhao.
All cellphones, laptops, watches, and electronic devices will be collected.
During the workshop, participants should refrain from eating or speaking.
The instructions of each exercise will be explained at the moment of execution.
May 26 - May 31, 2019 (fully booked)
Total Cost: €1850 (24% VAT included), includes: workshop materials, shared accommodation (in pairs), meal prior to and meal after the workshop, shuttle service to site via Athens airport or Athens centre.
Payment: You can choose to pay in full as you book, or take advantage of our deposit plan, which is a deposit of €600 with the remaining balance due May 15, 2019.
The funds raised from this workshop will go directly towards the funding of MAI’s programming.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
During the workshop, participants will be asked to refrain from eating or speaking to bring body and mind to a quiet, calm state. Participants will be led through a series of long durational exercises to improve individual focus, stamina, and concentration.
When we are are given the opportunity to be in nature, away from distractions, and to participate in this time honed set of exercises and activities, it improves our focus, our determination and our ability to generate new ideas. This type of preparation is described by Abramovic as a complete internal reset, essential not only for performers, as they approach their work but also to other practitioners and professionals across all disciplines.
The workshop was developed by Abramovic during her years of teaching. Since the 1980s, she developed and led numerous Cleaning the House workshops for her students at Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Hamburg, Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and later when she was a professor for Performance Art at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig, where she taught for seven years.
BODY AS A HOUSE
The title Cleaning the House refers to Abramovic’s idea that the body as a house. This workshop challenges the body’s physical and mental limits forcing it to respond and re-connect to its environment. This training for the body is a method towards heightened consciousness and deepened understanding for oneself.
The workshop fosters a sense collectivity through a group practice and reduction of the body’s stimulants. Through it’s conditions and rigor, the group generates energetic exchanges through simple human contact. Like it’s previous function, the workshop forces introspection and for the body reaches a state of clarity.
Cleaning the House, Greece, 2016, as part of As One, NEON + MAI
Cleaning the House, Brazil, 2015, as part of Terra Comunal, Marina Abramovic + MAI