Friday, October 7, 2011

The Artist is Present

In 2010 Marina Abramović was at the MoMA for her retrospective:

During the run of the exhibition, Abramović performed "The Artist is Present," a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum's atrium, while spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her. -

Now you can play an online game entitled "The Artist is Present" here:

Which recreates the experience of entering the museum, buying a ticket, walking past paintings and then... waiting for hours to sit across from Marina Abramović to experience "The Artist is Present."  It was written by Pippin Barr who believes there's no reason video games cannot also be fine art.

"Are games art?! This one definitely is! The Artist is Present is a Sierra-style recreation of the famed performance piece of the same name by artist Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Have the experience only a lucky few have ever had! Stare into Marina Abramovic's eyes! Make of it what you will! Just like art!" -Pippin Barr

You can only play during museum hours (eastern standard time) which also means it is unavailable Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And the wait might be as long as five hours.

Play/experience more of his games/art here:


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