MAI will be the first institute of its size devoted to long durational work: works of art that elapse over extreme lengths of time. As a space dedicated to the presentation of immaterial art, MAI serves as a platform for performances lasting six hours or more. Stretching the length of a performance beyond conventional boundaries alters the viewer’s typical perception of time and encourages both performers and audience to engage with this experience, the platform will also include works of performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, science, nature, technology, and undiscovered forms that may develop in the future. MAI is an incubator for collaboration among emerging and established individuals working in these fields.
Marina Abramovic is a New York-based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over four decades, her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. The Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) is the legacy of the artist. It is a venue that will expand the accessibility of immaterial and long durational work and create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields.