Project 30

Project Summary

"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

Awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale, and listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2014, Abramović has presented solo exhibitions at leading institutions around the world. Kaldor Public Art Project 30, Marina Abramović: In Residence, represented the latest development in the artist’s four-decade-long career, an innovative new experience at the forefront of international art.

Abramović and her team spent 12 days onsite at Pier 2/3, leading visitors through a series of transformative experiences that shifted their focus, challenged their perceptions, and changed the way they looked at art. Positioned just beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the corner from Sydney Opera House, the vast Walsh Bay Pier became a pop-up gallery venue, housing Abramović's extraordinary project, an artists’ residency program, and ongoing public talks and special events.


Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović: In Residence
24 June – 5 July 2015
Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney




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Upstairs at Pier 2/3, Marina Abramović mentored 12 Australian performance practitioners throughout Marina Abramović: In Residence. The Artists participated in an intensive Artists Residency Program where they explored the Marina Abramović Method and developed their own performative practice through research, workshops, discussion and debate. 

Download the full guide for the Residency and Public Program here.

RESIDENCY WEBPAGE See what happened during the Residency

The Catalogue

Hardcover $35 (GST inclusive).
112 pages, 240 x 195mm, hard cover, cloth-bound
Statement by Marina Abramović; Essays by David Jaffe, Hetti Perkins and Sophie O’Brien, Edited by Sophie Forbat.

A hard cover, 112-page colour publication produced to accompany Marina Abramović: In Residence, the 30th Kaldor Public Art Project. Focusing on the exercises that comprise the project, with short texts on each, the catalogue explores historical and scientific perspectives, from diverse cultures and traditions, that inform our understanding of these simple actions and activities. More detailed essays include: David Jaffe on the tradition of the gaze in western art, Hetti Perkins on Abramović’s connection with Australia and Sophie O’Brien on the artist’s long history of collaboration through residencies and workshops. 

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Marina Abramović: In Residence, Episode 3

Marina Abramović: In Residence, Episode 2

Marina Abramović: In Residence, Episode 1

Animation by Arianna Vairo: Counting Rice

Marina Abramovic: Speaks to the New Yorker 2013

Education KitBack to top

The Education Kit for Project 30, Marina Abramović: In Residence is a resource to guide student learning and encounters with performance art. It includes an overview of the Project, Marina Abramović’s biography and practice, historical and contextual framework, and classroom activities designed to trigger ideas, debates, extended research and the creation of artworks.


Marina AbramovićBack to top

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance as a visual art form since the 1970s and has become one of the most celebrated and iconic artists of our time. The body has always been both subject and medium for Abramović, exploring her physical and mental limits in works that ritualise the simple actions of everyday life. Abramović has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.

Abramović has presented solo exhibitions at leading institutions around the world and her work has also been included in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and documenta 6, 7 and 9, Kassel, Germany (1977, 1982 and 1992). In 2010, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a major retrospective ‘The Artist is Present’, which attracted over 850,000 visitors. In 2014, '512 hours' at The Serpentine Galleries in London was a huge success and transformed the way people looked at art.


For further information visit the links below:

Marina Abramović Institute

Photo: Marina Abramović, (c) Marco Anelli, 2013

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