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.



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