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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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    1. 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!

    2. 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,

    3. Ben Sykes on August 24, 2013

      Wonderful news!!

    4. 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.

    5. 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!

    6. 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.

    7. 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. :)

    8. Francesco Pierantoni on August 22, 2013

      Really happy ... Bewusstsein

    9. Dennis Kuhn on August 22, 2013

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

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      Svn Sptzkpf on August 22, 2013

      Very nice! Congratulations, everyone! :)

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    12. Kalliope Amorphous on August 22, 2013

      The MAI Team ran an amazing campaign.

    13. Kamil Sarna on August 22, 2013

      Yay!! Great. See you there :)

    14. Lan Hirche on August 22, 2013

      I am happy now.

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      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.

    16. Jarl Grey on August 22, 2013

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

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      Allison Brainard on August 22, 2013

      WOOOOO! WE DID IT!!!

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      Susan Meyer on August 22, 2013

      Congratulations MAI!

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      Luz Gradilla on August 22, 2013

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

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      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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      Luchy Edwards on August 22, 2013

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

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      Mark Wells on August 22, 2013

      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 August 22, 2013

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

    24. It's Not You It's Us on August 22, 2013

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

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    26. JOYCE CHAN on August 22, 2013

      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!

    27. Nevena Janković on August 22, 2013

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

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      Paulette Oke on August 22, 2013

      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.

    29. It's Not You It's Us on August 22, 2013

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

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      Susan Meyer on August 21, 2013

      This is so dramatic!

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      Justin Alford on August 21, 2013

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

    32. Heather Rose on August 21, 2013

      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.

    33. Myrna Maakaron on August 21, 2013

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

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      Guido Galimberti on August 21, 2013

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

    35. Greatlich, Nightmare of Valoria
      on August 20, 2013

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

    36. The Art Factory on August 20, 2013

      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 August 20, 2013

      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.

    38. Roberto Tenorio on August 20, 2013

      Hope to visit the institute one day :)

    39. It's Not You It's Us on August 20, 2013

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

    40. John Ta on August 20, 2013

      I happily gave my money to this project.

    41. Afonso David on August 20, 2013

      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 August 20, 2013

      Good luck with the last 100K

    43. Shaqaila Uelese on August 20, 2013

      Love your work Marina. You are my inspiration!

    44. Andrea Piscitelli on August 20, 2013

      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 August 19, 2013

      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

    46. Dani Go on August 19, 2013

      Marina Abramovic=Powerful Universal Force

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