Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

9 / 21

Marina Abramović and Ulay. _Relation in Time._ Originally performed at 1977 for 17 hours at Studio G7, Bologna. Still from 16mm film transferred to video (black and white, sound). 50:33 min. © 2010 Marina Abramović. Courtesy Marina Abramović and Sean Kelly Gallery/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reperformed continuously in shifts throughout the exhibition Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present at MoMA, March 14-May 31, 2010

Marina Abramović and ULAY. Relation in Time. 1977/2010

Marina Abramović (Yugoslav, born 1946)
and ULAY (German, born 1943) Performance
Reperformed continuously in shifts throughout this exhibition for a total of over 700 hours.
Courtesy Marina Abramović and Sean Kelly Gallery

GLENN LOWRY: To explore the concept of deriving energy from her audience, Abramović and her partner, Ulay, performed Relation in Time.

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: We wanted to start this piece without public. So, we will start with our hair together, sitting back to back, for 16 hours in the gallery, just with the gallery members, and every hour we will take three minutes of the video and we will take photographs. And when after 16 hours when we was really very close to the total exhaustion of our bodies the public was invited. And we wanted to know how we can really use the energy of the public to push our limits even farther and to sit one hour longer. So that actually the entire performance was 17 hours. And this piece we decided to re-perform today at the museum by the four couples rotating every two and a half hours, for the entire duration of three months, which will be definitely unique experience.

0:00