11th January, 2021
Marina Abramović is a pioneer of performance as an art form; using her own body as subject and object, she has pushed the physical and mental limits of her being. This was the first major performance by Abramović since her monumental piece The Artist is Present, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2010, in which visitors were invited to sit in silence opposite the artist and gaze into her eyes for an unspecified amount of time. Abramović performed this work every day for three months. (512 hours)
The feature documentary is co-directed by Giannina La Salvia and Adina Istrate from production company ToyBox Films
In Summer 2014, in a unique work created for the Serpentine, the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramović performed in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition: 10am to 6pm, 6 days a week, attracting a total of 129,916 visitors.
Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramović’s only materials were herself, the audience and a selection of props. On arrival, visitors both literally and metaphorically left their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras were not permitted to accompany them. The public became the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art.
OnSight have loved supporting Toy Box films with such an extraordinary project like 512 hours which was delivered to Sky Documentaries and will also feature at the CPH:DOX festival this year.