Marina Abramovic. An artist’s life Manifesto


1. An artist’s conduct in his life:


– An artist should not lie to himself or others
– An artist should not steal ideas from other artists
– An artist should not compromise for themselves or in regards to the art market
– An artist should not kill other human beings
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol




2. An artist’s relation to his love life:


– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist




3. An artist’s relation to the erotic:


– An artist should develop an erotic point of view on the world
– An artist should be erotic
– An artist should be erotic
– An artist should be erotic




4. An artist’s relation to suffering:


– An artist should suffer
– From the suffering comes the best work
– Suffering brings transformation
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit




5. An artist’s relation to depression:
– An artist should not be depressed
– Depression is a disease and should be cured
– Depression is not productive for an artist
– Depression is not productive for an artist
– Depression is not productive for an artist




6. An artist’s relation to suicide:


– Suicide is a crime against life
– An artist should not commit suicide
– An artist should not commit suicide
– An artist should not commit suicide




7. An artist’s relation to inspiration:


– An artist should look deep inside themselves for inspiration
– The deeper they look inside themselves, the more universal they become
– The artist is universe
– The artist is universe
– The artist is universe




8. An artist’s relation to self-control:


– The artist should not have self-c ontrol about his life
– The artist should have total self-control about his work
– The artist should not have self-control about his life
– The artist should have total self-control about his work




9. An artist’s relation with transparency:


– The artist should give and receive at the same time
– Transparency means receptive
– Transparency means to give
– Transparency means to receive
– Transparency means receptive
– Transparency means to give
– Transparency means to receive
– Transparency means receptive
– Transparency means to give
– Transparency means to receive




10. An artist’s relation to symbols:


– An artist creates his own symbols
– Symbols are an artist’s language
– The language must then be translated
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key




11. An artist’s relation to silence:


– An artist has to understand silence
– An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean




12. An artist’s relation to solitude:


– An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude
– Solitude is extremely important
– Away from home
– Away from the studio
– Away from family
– Away from friends
– An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls
– An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the fast running rivers
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky




13. An artist’s conduct in relation to work:


– An artist should avoid going to the studio every day
– An artist should not treat his work schedule as a bank employee does
– An artist should explore life and work only when an idea comes to him in a dream or during the day as a vision that arises as a surprise
– An artist should not repeat himself
– An artist should not overproduce
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution




14. An artist’s possessions:


– Buddhist monks advise that it is best to have nine possessions in their life:
1 robe for the summer
1 robe for the winter
1 pair of shoes
1 begging bowl for food
1 mosquito net
1 prayer book
1 umbrella
1 mat to sleep on
1 pair of glasses if needed
– An artist should decide for himself the minimum personal possessions they should have
– An artist should have more and more of less and less
– An artist should have more and more of less and less
– An artist should have more and more of less and less


15. A list of an artist’s friends:


– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits
– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits
– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits




16. A list of an artist’s enemies:


– Enemies are very important
– The Dalai Lama has said that it is easy to have compassion with friends but much more difficult to have compassion with enemies
– An artist has to learn to forgive
– An artist has to learn to forgive
– An artist has to learn to forgive




17. Different death scenarios:


– An artist has to be aware of his own mortality
– For an artist, it is not only important how he lives his life but also how he dies
– An artist should look at the symbols of his work for the signs of different death scenarios
– An artist should die consciously without fear
– An artist should die consciously without fear
– An artist should die consciously without fear




18. Different funeral scenarios:


– An artist should give instructions before the funeral so that everything is done the way he wants it
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving

18 commenti:

  1. Bellissima ! Mi ha veramente emozionato !

    RispondiElimina
  2. Inspiración total.................

    RispondiElimina
  3. I love this Manifesto list! It is something I keep in mind all the time unconsciously!

    RispondiElimina
  4. Ecstatic to read this. I fall backwards into the river. I am not me. There are loves so giant that in comparison...in comparison....

    Waterfalls and exploding volcanoes. I think of Craig Arnold, the poet from Wyoming, last see mapping/gesturing towards a volcano in Japan. He fell. He was never seen again. He loved volcanoes. As a young woman in India, I got off the bus and took off towards the Buddhist temples of Ellora on foot -- saying to my cousin, I'll meet you down below. On the way, I came across a waterfall. Vibrating with fear and desire, I removed my clothes and slipped into the water. Cobras. The risk of them. But did it anyway, emerging to make eye contact with an extremely startled and yet impassive goatherd.

    I don't want to die, reading Marina's words that Melissa Buzzeo, a poet, forwarded to me, and which I immediately forwarded to the person who was, so recently, cut out of her wedding dress in Paris: Laura Mullen.

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  5. When writing, the artist, if she is not a writer or a native speaker of the language in which she writes, should engage a copy editor proficient in the grammar of that language. Otherwise, she may appear to be generally careless with her expression.

    It is unfortunate that this wise and powerful manifesto is so grammatically sloppy, its errors so conspicuous, as to nearly bar an expert in the language access to the substance beneath. It always amazes me when truly great artists lack the imagination required to understand that the use of language, like any medium, requires an attention and skill *at least* commensurate to that which they daily use in their media of choice. To a writer, the experience of this manifesto is analogous to what it might feel like to a performance artist who, in watching Abramovic's *The Story of Bow and Arrow*, noticed that she had accidentally used a broken bow. The meaning still comes across, but at great expense to the overall experience of the piece.

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    Risposte
    1. – An artist has to learn to forgive
      – An artist has to learn to forgive
      – An artist has to learn to forgive

      Elimina
    2. Alan,
      Not speaking in defense of the lady in question, of whom I know nothing about. But... no need to be an expert to detect several grammatical errors in your text. Relax. Text does not fully express an idea, as well written as it may be. Peace.

      Elimina
    3. language is a tool like any other. to read these words and find something "wrong" is like looking at miro and judging it deficient by comparison to The Masters. her phrases are parseable, the only requirement of language (and even that is not necessary- consider the poet or surrealist).

      Elimina
    4. Dear Alan Bajandas,


      I agree that an artist should be detail oriented and proficient in his or her use of language. I also think that someone who points out one's grammatical errors should also be aware of their own grammatical errors. In the first sentence of your second paragraph the word "its" should not be written in the possessive form. Ironically, that mistake was written right next to the word error. Perhaps your criticism serves you also, beyond the person you attempted to attack...

      Elimina
  6. I totally agree with Alan,
    words are so important if you want to write a manifesto,and the grammar as well.
    I think i really like the content,even though is basically reading a buddhist book.If you like this way of thinking just buy any buddhist book!

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    Risposte
    1. Sorry guys, but I don't agree with you at all. Marina Abramovic is not an English native speaker. Her manifesto is not so much a piece of writing to read but more of a performative action, I believe. She is a performer and the way she reads it to an audience is simply perfect and incredibly powerful. Language does not need to be perfect. It is simply a method of communication I may say. She communicates in English as English is considered the widest spoken language on the planet and guess what, there are millions of people whose first language is not English. This is my humble opinion. BTW, you totally should watch The Artist is Present. Marvelous, marvelous.

      Elimina
    2. we share the same opinion Jay

      Elimina
  7. I had a chance to combine my two loves in life recently and had a two weeks' holiday in wonderful France, to which I had been before, and had loved so much. I took a little Renault rental car and headed off from Paris, to the Palace of Versailles, to Chartres then southward to sunny Provence, via the Auvergne region, with the Songs of the Auvergne playing repeated on the CD player.
    Magnifique, comme toujours. I saw many art galleries and followed the footsteps of artists, like poor Vincent Van Gogh.
    Back home all too soon, I ordered a canvas print from wahooart.com, choosing this painting by Cézanne, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8EWNWL, to remember my trip by.

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  8. Too many "shoulds", wouldn't "mays" be more interesting?
    An artist may...

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  9. – An artist should not repeat himself
    – An artist should not repeat himself
    – An artist should not repeat himself

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  10. I absolutely don't think that these grammatical errors affect the message of the Marina's Manifesto. It's beautiful,this Manifesto,so profound.

    – An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
    – An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
    – An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist

    I think to talk about grammatical mistakes here is to scorn this piece of art!
    p.s. you may find mistakes in my writing,because neither do I am a native English speaker,but Serbian,just like Marina. Still, I hope you understood what I wrote.

    RispondiElimina
  11. Absolutely right!

    An artist should
    An artist should not not
    An artist should
    An artist should not not
    An artist should
    An artist should not not

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