In case you’ve forgotten what life is about and you no longer have ‘time’ to do the things that you want and to meet people you say you care about, just take a brief moment in time, to watch this short video that will put it all into perspective. It will be over as quickly as it started but give you a memory that will hopefully stay with you for a very long time.
Haunting and beautiful, honest and true… I promise you that if you still ‘feel’ something alive inside, that this will bring a tear to your eye. You can read about it below afterwards as the words are not what is important or of value – but the experience and feeling.
When was the last time you sat in silence with someone and were fully present?
During 2010, the Museum of Modern Art held a major retrospective and performance recreation of Abramović’s work, the biggest exhibition of performance art in MoMA’s history. During the run of the exhibition, Marina 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.
Many people showed up, but her response to one person in particular encapsulates it all. Her former lover for many years sits down across from her. Marina and Ulay broke up more than 30 years ago and this is the first time that they have seen each other again since then.
“I was fortunate enough to wander into the MoMA just in time for “The Artist Is Present”. Equal parts unsettling, absurd, and profound; I couldn’t shake the experience. Later, I stumbled onto the video wherein Ulay and Marina reunite and was overwhelmed with only one sentiment: this is a song.” – Jon Burr
Not long after this sentiment was realized, was it brought to life in the form of “Ulay, Oh” – the second single off their forthcoming EP Adonis