Marina Abramović: The Life

Serpentine Gallery

19 Feb 2019 - 10:00 AM to 24 Feb 2019 - 6:00 PM

Marina Abramović:
The Life

A Tin Drum Production

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Art and technology combine for a world first with Marina Abramović, the pioneering performance artist, and the presentation of her latest performance: The Life in Mixed Reality (a wearable augmented experience).

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For one week, the Serpentine Galleries will host Marina Abramović: The Life on the site of her acclaimed 2014 durational performance, 512 Hours. Visitors will simultaneously experience an intimate, digital encounter with the artist in this first, large-scale performance exhibited using Mixed Reality anywhere in the world.

Please note this is a digital experience in Mixed Reality. The artist is not present. ​

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The Life is a new performance piece, lasting 19 minutes, that builds on the artist’s long-standing fascination with the notion of material absence. The use of Mixed Reality allows Abramović to further explore how to use her own body as subject and object, mapping new territory at the intersection of technology and performance. The Life is produced by Tin Drum, a US/UK studio that works exclusively in Mixed Reality.

Abramović’s use of this new, evolving technology reflects her engagement in the broader social and historical constructs of our times. As a collaborator throughout the creative process, Tin Drum has focused on representing the authenticity of the Abramović’s vision, creating a recurring performance that only this Mixed Reality technology can provide. “The fact that the project can be repeated anywhere in the world while I am not there is mind-blowing. I can be present in any spot on the planet,” says Abramović.

The collaboration with Tin Drum brings Abramović’s work to a wider audience. She says: “This is the first time an artist has used this technology to create a performance, but this experiment is just the beginning. I hope that many other artists will follow me and continue to pioneer Mixed Reality as an art form.”

To experience the performance, audience members will be provided with Magic Leap One lightweight wearable spatial computing devices, before entering the main gallery space. Unlike Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality will allow the gallery and other visitors to be completely visible as part of the experience. A roped, five-metre circle will be at the centre of the gallery where the digital representation of Abramović will be visible through the Magic Leap One device. Visitors will be free to explore the movements of the artist as if she were actually in the room.

Describing the experience, Abramović says: “When I put the glasses on for the first time, it was a very shocking experience - the feeling that I was there and not there at the same time.”

To create The Life, Abramović went through the entire performance in an extensive volumetric capture process – an authentic, moving, photographic representation of the human form – which is only possible in a few studios around the world (in this case, 4D Views in France).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR VISIT:

The performance is free, but you will need to pre-book your ticket

The performance lasts 19 minutes

Please bring confirmation of your booking, either printed or on your phone

Tickets are non-transferable, and we will not be able to accommodate missed slots

No re-admission

The performance is wheelchair accessible

The performance is suitable for all ages, though the Wearable Mixed Reality devices will fit at varying levels depending upon head size and shape. Therefore, we do not recommend this experience for children under 10.

Each visitor will be provided with a viewing device for use during the performance. Technologists will be on hand to assist with fitting and any questions you may have. As every head is different, the fit and comfort of the devices will vary.

If you require vision correction, we recommend wearing contact lenses if this is possible, as the device is incompatible with most eyeglasses. If this is not an option, please speak with the attendant when you check in, and the technicians will do their best to accommodate your needs with prescription inserts.

If you have any further accessibility requirements please contact:
Tel: 020 7402 6075
Email: [email protected]

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Courtesy of the artist and Tin Drum

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Marina Abramović: The Life (Installation View, 19 – 24 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries) © 2019 Harry Richards Photography
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Marina Abramović: The Life (Installation View, 19 – 24 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries) © 2019 Harry Richards Photography

Marina Abramović: The Life

Marina Abramović

The Life

2019

Courtesy of the artist and Tin Drum

Marina Abramović: The Life

Marina Abramović

The Life

2019

Courtesy of the artist and Tin Drum