MARILYN ARSEM (US)
Opening Reading including the manifesto THIS Is Performance Art (2011); installation documentation 100 Ways to Consider Time (2015). Courtesy the artist and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Marilyn Arsem, THIS Is Performance Art. Opening reading at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Edward Smith
Marilyn Arsem, 100 Ways to Consider Time (2015/2016). Exhibition view of the documentation installation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © VestAndPage
Boston-based artist Marilyn
Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, from solo gallery performances
to large-scale, site-specific works at festivals, conferences, alternative
spaces, galleries, museums and universities worldwide. Most recently she has
focused on creating site-specific performances that are not planned in advance,
but made in response to a location that is selected on arrival. She is a member
and founder of Mobius, Inc., a Boston-based collaborative of interdisciplinary
artists. She taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 27
years, establishing one of the most extensive programs internationally in
visually-based performance art.
At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Arsem presents an Opening Reading including her manifesto THIS Is Performance Art (2011), as well as documentation of the durational performance 100 Ways to Consider Time: Arsem spent six hours a day, every day, for 100 days inserting her living presence into the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She created a different performance on the nature of time each of the 100 days, inviting the viewers to pause and experience the present moment, providing a temporary respite to the frenetic pace of our modern lives.