Unreal Nature

August 16, 2019

The Energy of People

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This is from Marina Abramović’s contribution to It Speaks to Me: Art that Inspires Artists by Jori Finkel (2019):

… This sculpture looks so abstract, almost Cubist, but it’s really a human figure walking, showing how you leave energy behind as you move through space. It’s not very large, but at the same time you have the feeling of an immensity. It’s like the tiny Giacometti figures that actually fit in your hand but can hold a big, empty museum space because the energy is so condensed.


Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913

… My own work in performance is also based on immateriality and energy. When I did The Artist Is Present, I had a strong sensation of the energy of people. When they stood up and left the chair, their energy was still there. It just stayed there, becoming layers and layers of energy.

-Julie

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