Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 25, 2013.

Update #31 - For backers only

Live Stream Lecture and Q&A with Marina Abramovic and Shohei Shigematsu

Comment
4 likes

For backers only. If you're a backer of this project, please log in to read this post.


Update #30

New Website, Upcoming MAI Events, and Rewards Update

Comment
5 likes

Dear MAI Founders,

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the new mai-hudson.org!

 Photo credit: Laurent Philippe

Check out the events page to keep up-to-date with MAI's traveling installations, lectures, live performances, and more.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

April 10th – 13th, 2014

The Mutual Wave Machine at Silicon Valley Contemporary in San Jose, California

  Photo credit: Sandra Kaas

Silicon Valley Contemporary will feature the US premiere of The Mutual Wave Machine, an important art installation incorporating technology and science. The Mutual Wave Machine is an interactive neurofeedback installation, that embodies the elusive notion of ‘being on the same wavelength’ with another person through brainwave synchronization. 

For more information about this event, click here.

May 1st – 11th, 2014

Counting the Rice at the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland 

 Animation still credit: Arianna Vairo

At the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, MAI will have participants get down to work on Counting the Rice, one of the exercises from a series of workshops entitled Cleaning The House. The aim of performing this exercise is to develop endurance, concentration, perception, self-control, and willpower. It will allow the public to stretch their physical and mental limits.

For more information about this event, click here.

If you are able to attend any of these events, we would love to hear your feedback after the fact. Please contact us with subject line “MAI KICKSTARTER CHRONICLE” with an account of your experience. 

REWARDS UPDATE:

  •  $1+ The Embrace: These events are in the planning process, and are tentatively scheduled to occur in London in late September and New York City in late November of this year. Please stay tuned for exact dates and locations.
  •  $20+ Live stream lecture with Marina Abramovic and Shohei Shigematsu, Q&A, and MAI Booklet: Marina’s lecture with Shohei Shigematsu will occur on Tuesday, May 13th at 1pm EST. If you backed at this level, please keep an eye on your inboxes for information about how to confirm your participation in the live stream.
  • $100+ Abramovic Method Exclusives I and II: These packages are in the creation process and they are looking beautiful so far. We hope to have the Abramovic Method Exclusives I DVDs to all backers by mid-June, and the Abramovic Method Exclusives II digital package to backers by mid-December. Please stay tuned.
  • $250+ Neuroscience Exclusives: This reward was sent to backers in early March. If you received this reward, we welcome your feedback, questions, and thoughts.
  •  $1,000 Career Interview set: These special rewards are also in the creation process. We look forward to mailing them to all backers at this level by mid-summer.
  •  $10,000 Spirit Cooking Dinner and Event + Lunch with Marina Abramovic: These events are in the planning process and are likely to occur in November and December of this year. We will be sending an email shortly regarding the planning of exact dates.

As always, thank you and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

MAI


Update #29

MAI Neuroscience Exclusives Reward Release

Comment
1 like

Dear MAI Founders,

We are thrilled to announce that the MAI Neuroscience Exclusives package is now ready for download!

All backers at this level receive a pre-registration ticket for a ride in the Compatibility Racer and a short film about Mutual Wave Projects I-IV called “Out of the Lab” directed by Noah Blumenson-Cook. On top of that, this reward is packed with video clips, information about all current MAI Presents: art+science collaborations, renderings of Marina’s brain activity from a re-staging of "The Artist Is Present" (2010), scans of journals handwritten by Marina and other participants, and many more neuroscience-related surprises.

MAI Neuroscience Exclusives backers: please check your Kickstarter inboxes for download instructions and email contact@mai-hudson.org with subject line “Neuroscience Exclusives” with any questions you may have about this special reward.

We would love to hear your feedback when you have finished exploring the package, either by email or via our social media channels:

Facebook: @Marina Abramovic Institute 

Twitter: @hudsonMAI 

Instagram: @hudsonMAI

As always, thank you for joining us on this adventure.

MAI


Update #28

Rewards Update and Abramovic Method Live Stream Videos

Comment
4 likes

Dear MAI Founders,

Thank you to all who participated in the Abramovic Method exercise live streams this past weekend! 

Video archives of these three events are now available for all $25+ backers. If you backed at this level or higher, please check your Kickstarter inbox for the video links and passwords.

After viewing, we would love to receive feedback and/or documentation of your experience with the exercises. Please send an email with subject line "MAI CHRONICLE” to contact@mai-hudson.org and we may reach out to ask if you would like your documentation to be featured in a special upcoming project.

Marina Abramovic teaching the Water Drinking exercise via live stream 

We look forward to keeping you updated with our progress. See below for a current rewards update:

  • All backers The Embrace events are still in the planning process. As of now, the European Embrace event is being planned for London in the early fall and the United States Embrace event will occur in New York City in the final months of this year. All backers will be updated with further details as they are finalized. 
  • $5+ backers: The digital MAI exclusives reward has been released. If you have questions  or would like to send feedback about the reward, please email contact@mai-hudson.org with subject line "DIGITAL MAI EXCLUSIVES." 
  • $10+ backers: All MAI Founder certificates have been released. If you have questions or would like to send feedback about the reward, please email contact@mai-hudson.org with subject line "MAI FOUNDER CERTIFICATE."
  • $20+ backers: The MAI live stream lecture with Marina Abramovic and Shohei Shigematsu will take place before the summer and will coincide with the release of the MAI Booklet.
  • $25+ backers: Check your Kickstarter inboxes to view videos of the Abramovic Method exercise live stream events, and stay tuned for the audio recordings release.
  • $50+ backers: The OMA / MAI Design Package has been released. If you have questions or would like to send feedback about the reward, please email contact@mai-hudson.org with subject line "OMA / MAI DESIGN PACKAGE."
  • $100+ and $200+ backers: The Abramovic Method Exclusives I and II rewards are in the creation process and will be mailed near the estimated delivery dates listed on the main Kickstarter page (July 2014 and December 2014, respectively).
  • $250+ backers: The MAI Neuroscience Exclusives reward is nearing completion! If you backed at this level, keep an eye on your Kickstarter inbox for its upcoming release.
  • $500+ backers: The OMA / MAI Office Tours were completed in December, 2013. If you backed at this level and were not able to attend a tour but would like a signed schematic design mailed to you, please email contact@mai-hudson.org with subject line "OMA / MAI OFFICE TOUR."   
  • $1000+ backers: The Marina Abramovic Career Interview set is being compiled and will be released near the estimated delivery date list on the main Kickstarter page (August 2014). The Mutual Gaze With Marina Abramovic rewards have been completed. If you would like to send us feedback about this experience, please email contact@mai-hudson.org with subject line "MUTUAL GAZE CHRONICLE."
  • $5000+ backers:  The Movie Night and Skype Workshop with Marina Abramovic rewards have been completed. If you would like to send us feedback about your experience, please email contact@mai-hudson.org with subject line "MOVIE NIGHT CHRONICLE" or "WORKSHOP CHRONICLE."
  • $10,000 backers: The Lunch + Event with Marina Abramovic and Spirit Cooking Dinner rewards are being planned. You will receive an email in the near future regarding scheduling of these events.

As always, thank you for your generous support, and for joining us on this adventure.

Best wishes,

MAI


Update #27

Tomorrow: Abramovic Method Exercise Live Stream Events

Comment
3 likes

Dear MAI Founders,

The Abramovic Method exercise live stream events begin tomorrow at 12pm EST. If you backed at the $25 level or up and have not done so already, please check your Kickstarter inboxes as soon as possible to find instructions on how to RSVP for these events.

Event times are as follows:

Water Drinking exercise - 12pm Eastern Standard Time

Slow Motion Walk exercise - 1:30pm Eastern Standard Time 

Eye Gazing exercise* - 3pm Eastern Standard Time

 *Remember, if you backed at the Eye Gazing exercise level, you will need to find a partner to participate with you.

After Marina teaches your exercise, you and other backers will perform it simultaneously. Each exercise will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with Marina via the comments section of the live stream. If you cannot make the live stream event that you signed up for, all events will be archived and available for viewing after they air.

Do not hesitate to send any questions you may have to contact@mai-hudson.org with subject line "LIVE STREAM QUESTION."

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

MAI


4,765
Backers
$661,452
pledged of $600,000 goal
0
seconds to go
  • Pledge $1 or more
    You selected

    1359 backers

    [LIVE EVENT: THE EMBRACE] A hug from Marina Abramovic. Location to be determined.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    531 backers

    [THE BASICS: DIGITAL MAI] Video game designer Pippin Barr has teamed up with Marina to create an original 8-bit video game that doubles as a virtual tour of the institute. Receive early access to digital MAI, as well as three Kickstarter-exclusive Abramovic Method games. PLUS a heartfelt thank you on the MAI website.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    644 backers

    [THE BASICS: MAI FOUNDER] Thank you for laying a virtual brick in the foundation of MAI. Your founder status will be commemorated on our official website. Sponsor 10 bricks ($100) and receive a digital COLUMN FOUNDER certificate. Sponsor 100 bricks ($1,000) and receive a digital WALL FOUNDER certificate. Sponsor 1,000 bricks ($10,000) and receive a digital CHAMBER FOUNDER certificate. PLUS Digital MAI reward.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $20 or more
    You selected

    203 backers

    [THE BASICS: MAI 101 LECTURE AND DIGITAL BOOKLET] Marina Abramovic and Shohei Shigematsu (MAI architect, partner at OMA) will give a lecture about MAI via an exclusive live stream. You will receive access to this online event, as well as a digital version of the official MAI Booklet. PLUS MAI Founder and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    296 backers

    [THE EXERCISES / LIVE EVENT: WATER DRINKING] Marina will teach the Abramovic Method WATER DRINKING exercise via live stream. Receive exclusive access to this event. You, Marina, and the other backers at this level will then perform your exercise SIMULTANEOUSLY, creating a large public performance that occurs at the same time in different locations all over the world. You may document your performance and opt to include it in MAI digital archives. PLUS an audio recording of Marina teaching your exercise, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder, and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    376 backers

    [THE EXERCISES / LIVE EVENT: EYE GAZING] Marina will teach the Abramovic Method eye gazing exercise via an exclusive live stream. You will find a friend or stranger whose eyes you would like to gaze into. You, your partner, Marina, her partner, and the other backers at this level will then perform this exercise SIMULTANEOUSLY, creating a large public performance that occurs at the same time in different locations all over the world. You may document your performance and opt to include it in MAI digital archives. PLUS an audio recording of Marina teaching your exercise, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder, and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    120 backers

    [THE EXERCISES / LIVE EVENT: SLOW MOTION WALK] Marina will teach the Abramovic Method SLOW MOTION WALK exercise via live stream. Receive exclusive access to this event. You, Marina, and the other backers at this level will then perform your exercise SIMULTANEOUSLY, creating a large public performance that occurs at the same time in different locations all over the world. You may document your performance and opt to include it in MAI digital archives. PLUS an audio recording of Marina teaching your exercise, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder, and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    245 backers

    [THE DIGITAL: OMA / MAI DESIGN PACKAGE] This reward is for design and architecture buffs! OMA, led by world-renowned architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, have created the design plan for MAI. This building is the first of its kind in the world, and you'll receive Kickstarter-exclusive MAI design materials, including OMA’s digital MAI Design Book. PLUS access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder, and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    143 backers Limited (357 left of 500)

    [THE DIGITAL / THE MATERIALS: Abramovic Method Exclusives II] You will receive a set of never-before-seen video materials. This includes extracts of five of Marina's most difficult pieces, rare videos of Marina discussing these works, as well as the entire catalogue of Pippin Barr MAI games and a 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, and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    250 backers All gone!

    [THE MATERIALS: Abramovic Method Exclusives] You will receive a Kickstarter-exclusive DVD that features Marina demonstrating Abramovic Method exercises via a series of short films, videogames, animation, rare archival images, and some surprises. PLUS OMA / MAI Design Package, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder, and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more
    You selected

    96 backers Limited (154 left of 250)

    [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.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    55 backers Limited (195 left of 250)

    [THE DIGITAL: MAI NEUROSCIENCE EXCLUSIVES] Marina has been working with neuroscientists to develop an interactive, crowdsourced installation called "compatibility racer": a cart controlled by the brainwaves of two drivers! If you back at this level, you’ll receive pre-registration for a ride in the compatibility racer. On top of that, you'll receive a package of digital materials that includes: media clips of Marina’s brain activity from a re-staging of "The Artist Is Present," scans of journals handwritten by Marina and other participants during the experiment, and a few neuroscience-related surprises. PLUS Abramovic Method Exclusives, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder (COLUMN FOUNDER), and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    40 backers Limited (10 left of 50)

    [LIVE EVENT: MAI AND OMA OFFICE TOUR, DESIGN MATERIALS, AND PRESENTATION] Take a tour of the MAI and OMA offices in New York City. You'll meet OMA and MAI staff, watch the MAI presentation in person, stand inside large-scale models of the institute created by OMA, and leave with exclusive MAI and OMA materials signed by Marina, Rem Koolhaas, and Shohei Shigematsu. Documentation of this tour will be included in MAI digital archives. PLUS OMA / MAI Digital Design Package, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder (COLUMN FOUNDER), and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    18 backers Limited (32 left of 50)

    [THE EXERCISES: MUTUAL GAZE WITH MARINA ABRAMOVIC] Marina will perform the Abramovic Method eye gazing exercise with you via webcam. You may document this experience in any way you’d like and opt to include it in MAI digital archives. PLUS Neuroscience Exclusives, OMA / MAI Digital Design Package, Abramovic Method Exclusives, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder (WALL FOUNDER), and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    26 backers Limited (74 left of 100)

    [THE MATERIALS: MARINA ABRAMOVIC CAREER INTERVIEW SET] You’ll receive a stunning DVD set of rare interviews and materials from the course of Marina's forty-year career, some of which have never been shown. This is truly a unique reward that gives an intimate look into Marina's development as an artist. It includes video, audio, and written interviews as well as a physical copy of the MAI Booklet signed by Marina. PLUS Neuroscience Exclusives, OMA / MAI Digital Design Package, Abramovic Method Exclusives, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder (WALL FOUNDER), and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    [LIVE EVENT: MOVIE NIGHT WITH MARINA ABRAMOVIC] Have a movie night with Marina at an intimate home theater in New York City, during which you will watch one of Marina's favorite movies. Afterwards, you, Marina, and other backers at this level will discuss this film while consuming ice cream and coffee. PLUS Complete Abramovic Method Exclusives, Neuroscience Exclusives, OMA / MAI Digital Design Package, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder (WALL FOUNDER), Digital MAI reward, and The Embrace rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    5 backers All gone!

    [THE WORKSHOP: DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT WITH MARINA ABRAMOVIC] Marina will workshop your project of any medium or discipline (art, science, technology, spirituality, etc.) with you via webcam. Your project can be in any stage of development, from idea to completion, and it may become eligible for future MAI programming and promotion by the institute. PLUS Abramovic Method Exclusives, Neuroscience Exclusives, OMA / MAI Digital Design Package, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder (WALL FOUNDER), and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10,000 or more
    You selected

    5 backers All gone!

    [LIVE EVENT: VISIT TO AN EVENT OF MARINA'S CHOICE AND LUNCH IN NEW YORK CITY] Marina will choose an event to attend with you and four other backers, after which you'll all have lunch in New York City. PLUS MAI and OMA office tour, Neuroscience Exclusives, OMA / MAI Digital Design Package, Abramovic Method Exclusives, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder (CHAMBER FOUNDER), and Digital MAI rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10,000 or more
    You selected

    15 backers

    [THE EXERCISES / LIVE EVENT: NOTHING] Marina will do nothing. You will do nothing. You will not be publicly acknowledged.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10,000 or more
    You selected

    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    [LIVE EVENT / THE EXERCISES: SPIRIT COOKING WITH MARINA ABRAMOVIC] A dinner night with Marina during which she will teach you and other backers at this level how to cook a series of traditional soups, which you will all enjoy together. The night will end with the making of a golden ball, a recipe given to Marina in a Tibetan monastery. Marina will bring to this dinner a Spirit Cooking memento for each backer to keep. PLUS MAI and OMA office tour, Neuroscience Exclusives, OMA / MAI Digital Design Package, Complete Abramovic Method Exclusives, access to ALL $25 live stream exercises / live events, MAI 101 Lecture and Digital Booklet, MAI Founder (CHAMBER FOUNDER), Digital MAI rewards, and The Embrace rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
Funding period

- (30 days)