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KICKSTART MAI: Performance and education center, home to long durational work and the Abramovic Method
Performance and education center, home to immaterial works and the Abramovic Method
Performance and education center, home to immaterial works and the Abramovic Method
4,765 backers pledged $661,452 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Theresa Snooks on November 7

      Hi there - I realise this is very late, but I am in the UK and have never received my signed Founders collection - please can you investigate - let me know when everything was despatched?? Thank you, Theresa

      Thanks for becoming a backer of Marina Abramovic Institute: The Founders by Marina Abramovic Institute.
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      [THE DIGITAL / THE MATERIALS: COMPLETE ABRAMOVIC METHOD EXCLUSIVES] You will receive both $100 level Abramovic Method Exclusives rewards in a special set signed by Marina. This includes a Kickstarter-exclusive DVD that features Marina demonstrating Abramovic Method exercises via a series of short films, video games, animation, and rare archival images. It also includes a set of never-before-seen video materials with extracts of five of Marina's most difficult pieces, rare videos of Marina discussing these works, the entire catalogue of Pippin Barr MAI games, and some very special surprises. PLUS OMA / MAI Design Package, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder, Digital MAI, and The Embrace rewards.

      Dec 2014

      Outside the US

    2. Creator Shaun Pryszlak on April 12, 2015

      $600,000 and nothing to show for it yet? Marina sounded very cagey on the web cast when I asked how it was going.

    3. Creator Ivan Mulkeen on July 6, 2014

      Surely there will be a Montreal event ;) I can't imagine you not going there!

    4. Creator Marina Abramovic Institute on May 22, 2014

      Dear Nadine,

      Absolutely. The archive of the event is being edited for quality and will be ready by early next week! We will send you instructions at that time regarding how to view.

      Thank you very much for your patience.

    5. Creator Nadine Spielmann on May 21, 2014

      Hello. I had trouble with my email account and did not receive the notifications of kickstarter. That is why I missed the live stream lecture on may 13, my reward... Is there a possibility that I can still see it?

    6. Creator Marina Abramovic Institute on May 17, 2014

      Hi Diane and Anna!

      The London Embrace event is being planned for late September, and the New York event will be in Early October. As a Kickstarter backer, you will be receiving updates about the planning of these events, as well as further details as the time comes.

      Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions!

    7. Creator Diane arvanites on May 16, 2014

      soooo. what about "the embrace"? must be a hoax.

    8. Creator Anna Aks on March 24, 2014

      Hello, are there any updates about the embrace?

    9. Creator Marilyn Morningstar on October 19, 2013

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    10. Creator James Tamim on September 6, 2013

      To all fans of good movie and videography, please consider watching "Garden state".

    11. Creator Marina Abramovic Institute on August 31, 2013

      Hi Hugo. I sent you a personal message. Let's sort this out together. Best, Siena

    12. Creator Hugo van Veghel on August 30, 2013

      Kickstarter uses Amazone payments... they even do not recognize my country Serbia but still use the old Yugoslavia which does not exist anymore... on top of that they do not accept (of course cards from Serbia)... I pledged 120 USD and want to resolve this.... give me a paypal link and it will be paid in 2 minutes..... open your horizon the net is global and not just American.

    13. Creator James Tamim on August 30, 2013

      I thought the gazing chamber was definitely something that stood out to me, the way it was implemented to fit a in a digital space was smart. I can't wait for the three Abramovic Method games. I have been introduced to digital art a while back thanks to Aram Bartholl, I love his work, I think it's great that artists like Marina are looking into a digital not only for social media and promotion.

    14. Creator Marina Abramovic Institute on August 30, 2013

      Hi James! Thanks for the feedback. Did your experience in any particular chamber stand out to you the most?


    15. Creator James Tamim on August 30, 2013

      Just made to the end of DMAI for my first time. People should understand that even though it's a "video game" you should go through it not as a challenge or a goal but an experience.

    16. Creator Narcis Pujol Vallvé on August 27, 2013

      Congratulations Marina from Barcelona, luck on the project

    17. Creator Karen Broome on August 25, 2013

      Congratulations, Marina Abramovic! I look forward to seeing what results from this funding. Use the funds wisely and save costs by seeking the help of volunteers? I'd give you some of my time for free just for the experience and I'm sure I'm not alone.

    18. Creator Shaqaila Uelese on August 25, 2013

      WELL DONE MARINA AND HER BEAUTIFUL TEAM! your joy is mutual with all the backers. What an awesome project, so happy for Marina! Cannot wait to see what happens next :). I'll have to add a visit to MAI on my bucket list! Nga Mihi, Shaqaila, New Zealand :) x

    19. Creator Ricky Bardy on August 25, 2013

      i am very glad the MAI had been funded, from the virtual tour video this sounds like it could be a new mecca for art lovers everywhere, a place that people go out of their way to visit. congrats and good luck!

    20. Creator winnie teschmacher on August 25, 2013

      What a great achievement this it. A fantastic example of creating real support from all over the world with the help of social media. Thanks to a very enthusiast and energetic team together with Marina. Congratulations to all of you and lucky you if you're a backer.

    21. Creator Денис Кравец on August 25, 2013

      I'm pretty sure i will never have a possibility to visit MAI or come to NY... But i couldn't just stand aside, so as a human and an artist i've supported this marvelous project.
      Марина, ми верујемо у тебе!

    22. Creator ProjectHeureka on August 25, 2013

      Art. I Am.
      Happy to support in little ways the evolution of the human perception.
      Interestingly most of anything as such, which derives out of the U.S. has a suspiciously religious ,snakes-oil selling inclinations.
      But then again, Art. Is a form of religion. While religion is a very lucrative form of the art of mass deception. Art. I Am. 2.

    23. Creator Ariel Dougherty on August 25, 2013

      A great campaign all around. A big congratulations to all the MAI Team and all 4762 Backers!! Hugs, Ariel

    24. Creator Daniel Kohutek on August 25, 2013

      I'm glad to have helped! :)
      Hugs from Brazil!

    25. Creator Milica Zec on August 25, 2013

      Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for turning this dream into reality, Love, Milica (MAI team)

    26. Creator Line Van Assche on August 25, 2013

      Can't wait to see and experience the MAI! Congratulations to all of you to make this happen!

    27. Creator James Tamim on August 25, 2013

      1hour left!

    28. Creator Lars Nielsen on August 25, 2013

      I am glad to hear the "I don't have any intention to turn the institute into a religion, especially not the scientology." in one of your comments.
      Because that is how at least some perceive it:
      While I am skeptical, I did find 10$ to fund new scientific experiments into the human nature.
      We need to explore ourselves in a scientific way.
      Making people wear uniforms, remove their belongings, sign legal contracts to not leave the place for X amount of time and sensory-deprivation are methods known to make people submissive. So be careful, you might brake some fragile people with the MAI method. People leaving are likely to be in a heightened emotional state.
      You mention crystals have a positive effect on you, from the "MAI neuroscience exclusives" I can read/see you have EEG readers.
      It could be an interesting experiment to actually document if your brain is more relaxed when you have your crystals, compared to a week without them.
      You have a good opportunity to scientifically document all the methods used by shermans for millennia: diets, starvation, sensory deprivation, isolation etc.
      But as mentioned, you should keep it scientific, study and document how these things affect humans, so we as a society can use the methods as tools.

      I also agree with your other comment: "Success and money should never be the reason why the artist is doing the work. Success is the side effect and should not change the artist's view of his own work. Or change his character. Or build his ego to be arrogant and unbearable. It's very important to learn the lesson, the more success you have, the more humble you should be."
      That is also why some (including me) have a hard time with you naming the method and institute after yourself, it seems to be a craving for fame and immortality rather than staying humble. I would have preferred a more neutral name.

      I look forward your your scientific findings.
      Good luck with your great/long-duration work
      & congratulations on 100% funding

      PS. Marina, try having a brain scan and see if you have "aspergers", it is a word covering a different structuring of the brain from the norm(neurotypical). That could be an explanation of your heightened intuition.
      You can read more on:
      Summary at:
      (which is the maker of the EEG meter used by MAI and in this study)

    29. Creator Randall Richardson on August 25, 2013

      So far there are 4,420 backers and thus 4,420 hugs.

      If every backer were to show up and if each hug were to last approximately one second, that would be about 1 hour and 15 minutes worth of non-stop hugging. Not too bad.

    30. Creator Marilyn Morningstar on August 24, 2013

      Dear Marina,
      CONGRATULATIONS! I hope you will announce to all of us when you are in full swing. I would LOVE to experience you and your dreams! CONGRATULATIONS!

    31. Creator Lisa Park on August 24, 2013

      Dear Marina,

      My name is Lisa (Yeon-Hee) and when I found out about MAI, it gave me goosebumps... I was so thrilled to know about this because I've been waiting for this to be happened. And I'm sure so many people are excited to see this happening in reality. I definitely support you and MAI and pledged some money into this project. I believe art has so much potential to influence the culture and to positively change the society. And I can see that in MAI in continuation of your previous performances.

      For me, I began doing performances recently and it's been an introspective process. Because it requires my body to express myself, it becomes deeply emotional and personal. For the past years and for a long time, I thought I was who I am because of where I grew up, how I was raised, my culture, and my experiences. I think all these factors definitely shaped who I am. And I've been constantly battling myself, trying to find who I really am. But, I realized that the biggest challenge and struggle comes from myself, not my history, not my culture, not my family background.

      That's the reason why I admire your works so much, because I know how challenging it is to do performance. And you've been doing this for years and years! I haven't had a chance yet to see your performances in person since I was living in the opposite side of America for many years. Now that I'm based in NY, I wish I could see your work in the near future. I really do want to help MAI and if I could be any help assisting MAI, please let me know. I would be so grateful to be part of this amazing project.

      Thank you for reading this and I hope you the best wishes.

      With love and respect,

    32. Creator Ben Sykes on August 24, 2013

      Wonderful news!!

    33. Creator The Art Factory on August 23, 2013

      @Ariel, thank you for posting that, and yes the fact this project was funded is a huge feat, and I basically loved the project so much, but only pledged because I wanted a Marina Abramovic hug, just because, it's a very special gift, then when i saw this project was funded, it made me cry a little, just because it's such a beautiful project, there's a lot of love in and around this project.. it's good to hear the background of the building and Hudson, that adds a lot of character to this project, thanks again for posting that.

    34. Creator Ariel Dougherty on August 23, 2013

      I know this building. The last time I was in it (over 15 years ago), it was a thrift shop. Hudson is a wonderful town for such a grand, invigorating and exploratory project. I love that audience is a central part of Marina's and MAI's work at this point. For many many years I have always claimed that funding--especially public funding--needed to include audiences in their decision making processes. In 1977-79, I was executive director of the Green County Council on the Arts. Then our offices were in Athens directly across the Hudson River from Hudson (the city). I've long thought that the ferry that used to operate between the two towns should be brought back. Congratulations on meeting your goal! No small fete!

    35. Creator The Art Factory on August 22, 2013

      Lovely LOVELY beloved beautiful project, thank you very very much, every one who supports, which probably includes huge numbers of people who support in spirit but couldn't pledge for some arcane reason.. this is the biggest hug ever in the world so far.. wow.. the $1 hug level,is so sweet.. thank you again.

    36. Creator Matthew Stevens on August 22, 2013

      It makes me so proud and fills me with quiet joy to see that this has been successfully funded. Living in Japan, I don't know if I will ever have the chance to visit the institute, but regardless, you have inspired me in my music and performance art. In our increasingly digital world, where human relationships are increasingly happening through electronic devices and where attention spans are shrinking rapidly, I believe this kind of institute is incredibly important, special, and wonderful. You have inspired me and in the coming year or so, I hope to attempt a day long performance piece with my instrument, the shinobue, here in Wakayama, Japan. P.S. Thanks for being such a good influence on Lady Gaga. :)

    37. Creator Francesco Pierantoni on August 22, 2013

      Really happy ... Bewusstsein

    38. Creator Dennis Kuhn on August 22, 2013

      Congrats. I'm so proud to be part of it!!!

    39. Creator Svn Sptzkpf on August 22, 2013

      Very nice! Congratulations, everyone! :)

    40. Creator Patrick McTamany on August 22, 2013

      Congrats to everyone involved with the MAI and its supporters!

    41. Creator Kalliope Amorphous on August 22, 2013

      The MAI Team ran an amazing campaign.

    42. Creator Kamil Sarna on August 22, 2013

      Yay!! Great. See you there :)

    43. Creator Lan Hirche on August 22, 2013

      I am happy now.

    44. Creator winnie teschmacher on August 22, 2013

      WOWEE!! Fantastic.Congratulations all of you. You really did a great job. All the energy went to the right direction and now you can all have a good night sleep.

    45. Creator James Tamim on August 22, 2013

      Grats on all the team! I'm glad Marina's vision can become a reality!

    46. Creator Allison Brainard on August 22, 2013

      WOOOOO! WE DID IT!!!

    47. Creator Susan Meyer on August 22, 2013

      Congratulations MAI!

    48. Creator Luz Gradilla on August 22, 2013

      I am so happy too, thanks to Marina, MAI team and founders

    49. Creator Leah Aron on August 22, 2013

      My faith in humanity restored, my hope for the future of performance art at an all-time high, THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! Love from MAI headquarters, xoxoLeah

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