The Artist is Talking: Marina Abramović Sort of Answers Anything on Reddit

by Corinna Kirsch on July 30, 2013 Resources

Marina Abramović, Courtesy CBC Radio

Reddit knows how to pack its “IAmA” message board. Just today, the site’s half hour Q&A slots included minor celebrities like Adam Duritz, lead singer of the Counting Crows, Jason Healy, the creator of Blu e-cigarettes, and Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian. Oh, and performance artist Marina Abramović, who’s been in the public eye lately for some dismal performance with Jay-Z, and for a Kickstarter campaign to fund her performance art cult. So, what happened during Abramović’s 12:30 PM EST slot?

As of this writing, 500 comments were left, and the “AbramovicInstitute” moniker had answered hundreds of them. We’ve been paying attention to the trolls and fans, and come up with a shortlist of the best and worst comment threads. Bravo.

Best Answered Questions

Did performance art die when Marina collaborated with Jay-Z?

So, doesn’t Marina have enough money to fund her institute without Kickstarter?

According to Marina, the Internet is a meditation tool.

A commenter wonders how Marina maintains her seemingly calm composure. In response, Marina doles out three simple words of wisdom: “Never give up”. Oh, and eleven words of wisdom that aren’t true: “Once you find a sense of purpose, you can do anything”.

Would you ever kill yourself for art?

Why does Marina keep on referring to an artist as a “he”? She blames it on her upbringing.

Worst Unanswered Questions

Reddit user UlaysSaxaphoneTattoo wants to know if Ulay has a saxophone tattoo. Poor guy.

Marina doesn’t like anyone, we guess. *Crickets*.

Best Trolls

So, Jay-Z was cool, right? You lowly performance artist, you.

Hey, Jeffrey Deitch.

I have this idea for an art project. Just imagine: you plus Tilda equals art.

 Best Marina Making Stuff Up

Marina claims that her grandmother lived to the ripe old age of 116. Her mother died early, at the age of 103. 

Marina thinks that an audience could kill her during a performance. 

Because you’re a robot? Sure.

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