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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
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      Leah Aron on

      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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      Luchy Edwards on

      and you guys did a fantastic job, ¡felicidades MAI team!!

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      Mark Wells on

      I am so pleased the goal has been achieved. I live in England so I doubt I will ever get the opportunity to visit the MAI but just knowing it will exist somewhere in the world is a cause for celebration.

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      Luchy Edwards on

      ¡Felicidades! Congratulations! Very happy! Not surprised it was a huge success, it's such an unusual and brilliant concept.

    5. It's Not You It's Us on

      I just went to my kitchen to make some dinner and the next thing I know... TADAAAAAAM. Fantastic.

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    7. JOYCE CHAN on

      I am so glad that we finally made it, i had backed for $450 USD with two different accounts and I am a 23 years old girl we had only graduated one year from a Fine Arts bachelor degree in HK, and just able to find a full time job recently, am so glad I did this!
      Marina will you consider to come to HK to hug the HK backers? I think Hong Kong people is one of the busiest within the world, so your cleaning the house and Marina Abramovic method would be so helpful to them.
      I still cannot believe that we finally made it! WISH The MAI EVERY SUCESS WITH THIS GREAT BEGINNING!

    8. Nevena Janković on

      Almost there! It's an honor and a privilege to be a backer of this amazing project!

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      Paulette Oke on

      Wow!!! This is so, so exciting! This effort has taught me a thing or two about faith, timing, patience, and holding fast to one's dream.

    10. It's Not You It's Us on

      I KNOW, Susan Meyer! SHALALALALALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Susan Meyer on

      This is so dramatic!

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      Justin Alford on

      I hope to one day meet you! You are such an amazing person Marina! You are doing big things :)

    13. Heather Rose on

      There are places in the world that act as oases for the mind and soul - and we have to keep creating them - that's why we need the MAI - thank you Marina for the vision and, always, for your commitment.

    14. Myrna Maakaron on

      Almost there Marina... Hope our paths cross one day. With all my love and admiration. M

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      Guido Galimberti on

      The project is very important for us .
      Thank you Marina .

    16. Greatlich, Nightmare of Valoria

      Looks like we are going to make it.....Just a bit more push...

    17. The Art Factory on

      i backed just now only because of hoping this project succeeds, it's a lovely idea... endless hugs? i'm in.

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      Paco Blancas on

      Hello Everybody, This is the Last Stretch. Please Contribute to Make this Out of this World Project Happen .Imagine a Multi Dimensional Space , a Space to Experience the Relativeness of Time and Space, a Space where We Will Be Able to Uplift Our Spirit through Long Durational Performances. This Place Will Allow Unknown Forms to Get Expressed and Touch Us at a Very Deep Level. This Place Will Give the Oportunity to Young Atists to Touch an Audience and Transform It.This will be the Legacy of Marina Abramović to make This World a Better World.

    19. Roberto Tenorio on

      Hope to visit the institute one day :)

    20. It's Not You It's Us on

      This is SO going to happen. Even over-happen. Joyfully observing!

    21. John Ta on

      I happily gave my money to this project.

    22. Afonso David on

      Dear Marina, I will not be much original but I just want to say thank you for the artist and the woman you are. Hope you'll reach the 600'000! I know you will.
      Just wanted to say thank you for the documentary, The Artist is Present, it touched my soul and made me change my view on a lot of things.

      I still hope to be an artist one day (actually I paint for myself), and come to our future Institute to maybe and that's one of my dreams, talk a few minutes with you.

      Keep it going.

      Love and peace from a man of Switzerland.


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      winnie teschmacher on

      Good luck with the last 100K

    24. Shaqaila Uelese on

      Love your work Marina. You are my inspiration!

    25. Andrea Piscitelli on

      Proud to be a backer. I strongly believe in the importance and meaning of this institute and of Marina herself, whose life and work of art inspire me day by day.

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      Ji Re on

      Thank you Marina for opening my eyes to performance art. Sorry I hadn't learned about it earlier in life. You are an amazing, innovative, and strong artist! Your work has really moved and inspired me in life. Thank you for creating this Institute so people can explore this art form. Peace

    27. Dani Go on

      Marina Abramovic=Powerful Universal Force

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      tasha aulls on

      Thank you, Marina, and thank you to all who have asked great questions. This really warms my heart to read!

    29. Jarl Grey on

      Thank you Marina!

    30. Brian Lane Winfield Moore on

      For whatever reason (I could go into a separate comment just about this), I sat in line from 2AM one day to sit with you at MoMA.

      I finally did just under 12 hours later. This is me:

      People always ask me why I got emotional, and it's always hard to put my finger exactly as to why I did. I can compare the feeling to other emotional moments, but I can't get a perfect answer.
      But one thing that did happen is people came to me afterwards and asked me what "I had done" to make you cry, as you did while I was sitting with you. There was most definitely a connection, but I'm curious—what was going through your mind? I don't expect you to remember you sitting with me.

      Whatever the case, I want to thank you for changing my perspective wholeheartedly on performance art. There's a certain simplicity (but not ease) that your work has that I love.

    31. Gloria Cardenas on

      Thank you Marina! Have a good night sleep!

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      Luz Gradilla on

      Good night Marina

    33. Marina Abramovic Institute Creator on

      Thank you so much for your questions. Here in Oslo it is close to midnight and I have to sleep. I hope to meet you all in the future at the institute. If I have time this week I will come back to answer some more questions. Love, Marina

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    35. Marina Abramovic Institute Creator on

      Alexander: Depends on whether or not I died from the shot.

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      tasha aulls on

      Marina, What can art do that other spiritual practices cannot - in relation to having a spiritual exchange such as what i feel has happened between you and many of the audience in the Artist is Present for example? I am so happy that the MAI is coming soon!

    37. Francesca Carmignani on

      Dear Marina, I thank you a lot for your answer. Apart from the classic mystique, I also like the way you use Zen for your work: a great lesson on the emptiness.
      As you say "The hardest thing is to do something which is close to nothing"
      I am happy that your method will be adapted for people with disabilities because I'm one of them, I have a problem in walking and in this way I can still visit the MAI
      with respect and love

    38. Marina Abramovic Institute Creator on

      Olivia Sparrow: I Did It My Way. Frank Sinatra.

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      Filip Hausleitner on

      I am speechless at the moment, I feel like asking a question is so specific, Dear Marina may I ask you to answer a question or say anything that you perceive as important, or any quality or no-quality. Complete freedom. This way I feel we allow the freedom and un-specificity thrive in my question comment in this session. I am honored to have this opprotunity that grants me connection with somebody I admire so much and who herself and through her work has gifted me extraordinary moments in my life. Extraordinary and heart-opening. Complete thank you. filip hausleitner

    40. Marina Abramovic Institute Creator on

      Laszlo Hafra: Absolutely yes. It's all about will and intention.

    41. Marina Abramovic Institute Creator on

      Margarita Bosnjak: Why not? The only small detail is that I don't drink. But I could have a glass of water or carrot juice with you.

    42. Marina Abramovic Institute Creator on

      Michael Boodoo: No. But I understood their reasons when they did and this moved me deeply.

    43. Louis van den Hengel on

      Dear Marina, do you sometimes miss the performance The Artist is Present? Do you have any plans for a new durational performance work?

    44. Marina Abramovic Institute Creator on

      James Tamim: Crystals are like a computer of our planet. I sleep with crystals around me and have them in my house. I do not always have one in my pocket. At the moment, I do not, for example.

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      Anna Maria Newland Hooper on

      I understand it is probably impossible for Ms Abramovic to answer all questions.
      I have backed this project and wish it full success, wether I get to speak/meet to Ms Abramovic or not.
      Respect, and love, always.

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