Marina Abramovic commission broadcast on Channel 4
27 September 2012
For Random Acts, Marina has created a three-minute film Dangerous Games which premiered on Channel 4 on Thursday 27 September. This piece, haunting, playful and confronting by turns, deals with themes of war, violence and representation, bringing to the fore the artist's journey in the ever-changing world of global broadcast.
A major figure in performance art and installation, Marina Abramovic explores the body and its limits, stretching boundaries both physically and mentally. Forcing us to re-examine and question concepts of being, and of our bodies in time and space, Marina continually returns audiences to the perpetual question: "But why is this art?"
In her 2011 performance piece The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, at Manchester International Festival, Marina presented a three hour, almost entirely static performance exploring the depths of her self hatred and her avowed dislike of theatre, which she has stated as being imperative to the work of a performance artist.
Often seen as a radical and a feminist, Marina eschews stereotypes and gives her views bluntly with the integrity of an artist unmediated by publicity and a life of putting herself the public gaze. Marina discusses this uncompromising attitude in interviews with TATE and the New York Times.
The recent documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, directed by Matthew Akers, will also be screening at FACT as part of the Liverpool Biennial film programme on 17 October. This film documents Marina's process as she prepares for her retrospective solo show at MoMA and delves through her wider body of work and her on-going artistic interests.
Photographer Marco Anelli, documented a performance as part of The Artist is Present exhibition, and published some of these moving portraits on the tumblr page Marina Abramovic Made Me Cry.
Find out more about the 25 films co-commissioned by FACT and producer Jacqui Davies for Random Acts here. We'll be celebrating this series at the day-long forum Random Acts: Artists Interventions into Broadcast on 26 October.