Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

  • Fri Oct 5
    9:15 • CIN
  • Tues Oct 9
    7:15 • SCPA
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

introduced by Byron Suber (Performing & Media Arts)

Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre
Marina Abramović, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach

“The hardest thing is to do something which is close to nothing, because it’s demanding all of you.” So says Serbian-born Marina Abramović, the art world’s most influential performer you might never have heard of. After a career spanning nearly four decades, Abramović at last receives the documentary recognition she deserves with this feature-length look at her monumental retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, for which she takes the opportunity not only to redefine herself, but also to redefine what it means to be an artist. In this case, the latter means sitting at a table for three months straight, allowing viewers to take turns sitting across from her—no talking, no touching, no communication except for the visceral possibilities of a disciplined “energy dialogue.” From this piece the documentary also gets its title, turning Abramović’s crowning achievement into a life-affirming moment for all who come to participate. True to its subject, the film accepts us as if we were sharing that table with her. “Rare is that profile that captures so much oddness with so little judgment. You owe yourself a chance to be challenged.” (Time Out NY)


Digital Projection color
1 hour 46 minutes
release year/country
2012 USA