Marina Abramovic Institute by OMA in Hudson

published in: Architecture, Art By Ricardo Hernandez, 09 May 2012

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Marina with Study Model
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Devotion to your craft is a lifelong pursuit. As an artist, you can measure your body of work through the numerous pieces that you have completed or your CV, but Serbian artist Marina Abramovic has a plan that goes well beyond that. More consumed with legacy and what her work, devotion, passion and time could give back to the world of art and generations to come, she commissioned OMA to convert a former theater in Hudson, New York into a long performance institute. 

Towers Wrapper
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Abramovic Method / Performing and Observing Public
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MAI / Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art will function not only as an entertainment venue but also as an education institution with lectures, workshops and training in the performing arts. 

Led by partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas and in collaboration with associate Jason Long, the project opened up the process of architecture to understanding and embracing this new typology in performing arts. By carefully studying the Abramovic Method, OMA  was able to integrate the layered and inclusive experience of the performer, first level audience (active participation) and second level audience (passive participation) into its plan. This unique system opened up an array of challenges and possibilities regarding sight lines, elevation and the compartmentalization of its plan. The MAI will be a 24-hour long performance in activity and functionality. These long performances, spanning from several hours to a few days are also given a sense of mobility and flexibility  whereby bespoke chairs on wheels can be moved to quiet areas when visitors fall asleep. 

Abramovic's 40 years of experience have more than qualified her to call herself the 'grandmother of performance art' and an immense sense of responsibility accompanies that title. Abramovic's work explores the relationship between audience and performer, the limits of the body and the possibilities of the mind. These elements result in highly charged performances that span sessions amounting to 736 hour performances. This relationship between artist and performer was central to the design process at OMA. The experience of Abramovic in arts and the experience of OMA shaping spaces in the arts, make this collaboration a must watch in the years to follow. The project is currently in the fundraising stage and is expected to open in late 2014.

Staying Connected / Library
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Abramovic Method / Classroom
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Abramovic Method / Crystal Room
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Performance
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Performance / Artists Overlook
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Southwest Facade
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Performance Hall Flexibility
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Section
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Project Presentation on  Monday, May 7th 2012 at MoMA PS1
photo © Loren Wohl

Project Presentation on  Monday, May 7th 2012 at MoMA PS1
photo © Loren Wohl

Project Presentation on  Monday, May 7th 2012 at MoMA PS1
photo © Loren Wohl

Project Presentation on  Monday, May 7th 2012 at MoMA PS1
photo © Loren Wohl

Project Presentation on  Monday, May 7th 2012 at MoMA PS1
photo © Loren Wohl

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    judith wheelock | 2012-05-11 21:46:02

    very self-conscious and definitely heavy handed according to me, and I know he's supposed to be a great architect, and Remember this is just Hudson.

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    Gerald von Stoddard | 2012-06-12 21:40:03

    absolutely horrifying. I recall images of 1984 and though I love art in all its forms, I find this proposal for Hudson to be the last thing it needs and more of one persons obsession with their own ideas and very little feedback or input from the surrounding community. But hey to each its own, I will not lose any sleep over it. Why not just open a modern art museum, now that is more balanced and something Hudson could use, but I guess you need a crystal room if you're going to do it right.

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