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In 512 Hours, a work created for the Serpentine Galleries, internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramović performed in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition: 10am to 6pm, six days a week, between 11 June and 25 August 2014.
Alongside her most ambitious artwork ever – lasting for 64 days from June 11 during the summer of 2014 – Marina Abramovic added an extra digital dimension, Marina at Midnight. Commissioned by The Space and The Serpentine, she recorded a series of daily diaries that shared her experience of being in the gallery for eight hours a day.
Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramović’s only materials were herself, the audience and a selection of common objects that she used in a constantly changing sequence of events. On arrival, visitors had to both literally and metaphorically leave their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras may not accompany them.
At the end of each day, Abramović recorded an account of her time in the space. These daily diaries trace the fluctuations and developments of her performance piece, which begins with an empty space and unlimited possibilities.
In the early 1970s, as a young artist in Belgrade, Abramović began exploring the relationship between artist and audience. Since 1978 she has conducted a series of workshops with art students, using a series of simple exercises to increase physical and mental awareness. Over the course of her career, Abramović has continued to develop these workshops, expanding their scope to reach a general public, through the Marina Abramović Institute.
Marina at Midnight was released nightly, and all 64 video diaries can be viewed above.