POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
From Marina Abramovic’s last day at MoMA. Image via: Man Bartlett
The drama. Marina Abramovic fell to the floor weeping after her last sitter, PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach, got up and kissed her at the end of his allotted time staring with the artist. What a performance!
I liked the exhibition when I visited a month ago, but I’m going to leave readers with Hyperallergic’s coverage, which is sure to include an array of webcam shots and tweet quotes. At this point, I think it’s near impossible to distinguish between what the media hype has done to the experience of art, and what comes from the art itself. Sure it’s all part of the performance, but I haven’t a clue how to evaluate it.
Still, before closing our final day coverage, some skepticism I share with @1000timesyes expressed today over twitter, “this is starting to sound like the people who cried and passed out when sigur ros played in 2002” he tweets, “like ppl are so convinced they’re supposed to have a transcendent experience that they’re forcing it on themselves.”
My first thought had been Justin Bieber, but you get the drift. I can’t speak for everyone’s sitting experience, but the cynic in me says there are simply too many people crying as a result of their stare off for all those reactions to be about the performance itself. I guess we’ll have to wait for her fans to take on a nickname in the spirit of Justin Bieber’s Bielbers or Lady Gaga’s Monsters though before we can really talk about what her status as a pop star means. Any takers on Abramovite?
UPDATE: The most thorough blog write up I’ve seen thus far comes from AFC’s former intern turned staff Animal blogger, Marina Galperina. She was there in the flesh.