24 June - 5 July 2015

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'Marina Abramović: In Residence’

Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney.

24 June - 5 July 2015.

12 noon - 7pm daily

For ages 12+

Pier 2/3 is wheelchair accessible.


I have made a career as a performance artist for 40 years now and my relationship to the public is changing. It used to be very simple: the public was sitting in the audience and I was performing in front of them. Then, with my performance The Artist is Present, I created a one-to-one experience where the public was watching and only one person was actually experiencing. In 512 Hours, which I did at the Serpentine Galleries in London, the public were actually the ones performing and I just blended in.

In Sydney, for Marina Abramović: In Residence, I will be like a conductor in the exhibition space, but it will be the public who will take the physical and emotional journey. We constantly like to be entertained, to get things from outside. We never take time to get in touch with ourselves… our inner self. My function in this new kind of performance situation is to show you, through the Abramovic Method, what you can do for yourself. I wanted to make this big change because I understood that actually you can’t get any experience by me doing it for you… So I’m completely shifting the paradigm, changing the rules.

Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović will mentor 12 Australian performance practitioners throughout our 30th Kaldor Public Art Project, Marina Abramović: In Residence. The artists were hand selected by Abramović to participate in an intensive Artists Residency Program where they will explore the Marina Abramović Method and develop their own performative practice through research, workshops, discussion and debate.


In a series of short clips, we hear from Marina Abramović on a range of subjects, from her time in Australia in the early 1980s to her funeral plans and love of icecream, and of course about her upcoming project at Pier 2/3 this June.

More films will be added weekly so stay tuned.

Kaldor Public Art Projects

For over 40 years Kaldor Public Art Projects, has created groundbreaking projects with international artists in public spaces, changing the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with projects that resonate around the world.

John Kaldor AM is a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. He has been collecting and commissioning art since the late 1950s and since 1969 has shared his love of art with the Australian public through his series of art projects.