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About Learning

Marina Abramović / 1999

As a child I hated to go to school. I hated everything what was discipline and order. Until I came to art school. There I had an old professor. He didn’t talk too much. But the few things he said to me became very -important in my life.
– When you make drawings with the right hand and -become better and better until the point you are so good that you can make any drawing even with closed eyes, change immediately to the left hand.
– In the life of an artist it’s not possible to have more than one good idea and if you are a real genius you maybe can have two ideas. Please be careful with them.

About art
Art has to be disturbing.
Art has to bring predictions of the future.
Art has to be an antenna.
Art has to be the oxygen.
Artist’s role is the role of the servant of society.

About my teaching
In one point of my life, when I reached 40, I felt that there was a time to transmit my experience and knowledge to the young upcoming generation of artists, in the form of workshops, lectures, curating the shows, studio visits, discussions. To help art students to understand themselves and the work they do. Also to help them to pass through the difficult threshold of the protection of art school and to step into the real life as a professional artist. Artists of my generation have to be unconditionally generous to the younger generations of artists.

About the Art Academy
Working inside a school structure is important because only from the inside structure can be changed, renewed and adapted to the needs of each generation depending on the spirit of the time.

A teacher has to
– have a clear concept of the teaching and the aims he’d like to achieve.
– be informed about current art movements.
– open to the other opinions even if they are contradicting his own.
– understand the personal needs of each student.
– be open to experiments.
– should never take a superior position.
– allow himself to grow and change through interaction with his students.

Dieser Text erschien zuerst in: “Beschreiben”. Jahrbuch 3, Hochschule für -Bildende Künste Braunschweig. Salon Verlag 1999, S. 79–80.

[Dieser Text findet sich im Reader Nr. 2 auf S. 24.]

[Es sind keine weiteren Materialien zu diesem Beitrag hinterlegt.]

Marina Abramović

(*1946, Belgrade), Performance artist. Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance art, creating some of the form’s most important early works. The body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring her physical and mental limits, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. Abramović was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2008, she was decorated with the Austrian Commander Cross for her contribution to art history. In 2010, Abramović had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Recently, she completed the three month performance “512 Hours” at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Abramović founded the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), a platform for immaterial and long durational work to create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields. http://www.immaterial.org


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