Proprioceptive Friction: Waiting in Line to Sit with Marina Abramović

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Abstract:

This article examines Marina Abramović's epic performance, The Artist is Present, staged within her eponymous retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. For the duration of the exhibition, Abramović sat in MoMA's atrium from the time the museum opened until it closed. Across from her was a chair where anyone could sit and meet her eyes in a silent gaze. The text inquires into the affect of presence as it implicated not only the reciprocal gaze, but also haptic aesthetic engagement perceived as tangible forces, feelings, and relationships of those who waited in line to participate in the piece.

Keywords: HAPTIC AESTHETICS; MARINA ABRAMOVIC; PARTICIPATION; PERFORMANCE ART; PROPRIOCEPTION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/174589312X13276628771488

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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