A staggering 1,300 people turned out over the weekend to attend an amazing three-day performance art event, curated by the distinguished performance artist Marina Abramovic, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Marking the Territory began on Friday 19 October when German artist Daniel Muller-Friedrichsen set the tone for the weekend with, ‘Starless’. The artist arrived into the Museum’s courtyard in a limousine, security men kept back crowds of screaming teenagers as he tried to make his way into the North Range of the Museum. Muller succeeded in creating a heightened sense of anticipation at the opening of the event as visitors wondered who was this famous celebrity? The evening continued with live performances, installations and artists’ interventions by more then 23 artists involved in the event and concluded with staged performances in the Great Hall.
Saturday and Sunday brought a further programme of intriguing and unexpected performances. The Indonesian artist, Melati Suryodarmo, presented ‘Lullaby for Ancestors’, a stunning piece, where the dramatically dressed artist led a beautiful white pony around the cobbled courtyard as she explored the theme of animal energy. Nesket Ekici covered walls, windows, floors and ceilings, and a large number of passers by, with lipstick vivid pink kisses in her piece, ‘Emotion in Motion’. The Class of Abramovic wound up the weekend on Sunday 21 October with a group performance in the Great Hall to great applause.
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23 October 2001
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