Marina Abramovic Presents
Manchester International Festival
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
Duration 18 days, 4 hours each day
Curators: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Marina Abramovic
Costumes: Tabasheer Zutshi
Photography: Tina Lange, Marco Anelli and Amanda Coogan
For a period of 18 days, for 4 hours every day, 15 performers presented simulanious performances in different galleries in the Whitworth Museum. The audience were required to check in their cell phone, coats and bags, wear white lab coats, commit to the entire duration of the 4 hours with their presence. After an hour’s drill with Marina Abramovic the audience was let loose free to walk in and out of the various rooms.
The duration allowed me the opportunity to visit all the characters and their avtars I had worked with before. In a sense to revisit every performance I have done. From Sir Raja to the Queen. Over the days I would spend my time in the room blackening the walls with charcoal marks. By the end of the 18 days not just the walls but, costumes, props and floor, practically everything in the room was covered in soot and ash. I ended the performance by walking out of the Whitworth Gallery dressed as the Queen, past the gates and on to the street in Manchester. Half a km later I jumped into a black cab and disappeared.One of the best parts of the show was living with and interacting with some truly fantastic performers/artists.
“Following the iconoclastic Il Tempo del Postino in 2007, MIF returns to the crossroads of visual art and performance, inviting world-renowned artist Marina Abramović to curate an epic group show featuring some of the most innovative live artists working today.
For this groundbreaking event, the Whitworth will empty every gallery space in order to create room for this unique work to develop and breathe. The show begins with an hour-long performance initiation with Marina Abramović, leading up to a series of extraordinary encounters between artists and audience. Quite unlike anything staged before in the UK, this will be a provocative and visceral experience.
Featuring: Marina Abramović, Ivan Civic, Nikhil Chopra, Amanda Coogan, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Yingmei Duan, Eunhye Hwang, Jamie Isenstein, Terence Koh, Alastair MacLennan, Kira O’Reilly, Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich, Melati Suryodarmo and Nico Vascellari.
Dedicated to Tehching Hsieh, who attended the opening weekend.”*
*From the Manchester International Festival Web page: