Okay, tell me this isn’t the coolest thing you’ve seen this year? If only it were real. Of all the April Fools jokes that went around the web today, this one was by far my favorite. Probably because even though I knew it was a joke, deep down inside I really wanted it!
Marina Abramovic’s documentary, The Artist is Present, recently screened here in town, which reminded me of this phenomenal performing artist I had somehow forgotten about over the years. I was always fond of the stories about her and Ulay, her partner both in art and love in the 70s. I found their departure from one another so touching – they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from a different end, meeting for one last hug in the middle, never to see each other again. That is of course until her recent performing art piece, in which Abramovic shared a minute of silence with strangers who sat in front of her. The incredible emotion in this moment of shared silence is stunning.