C-presented with the Images Festival as their Opening NIght Gala, dedicated to the Canada Council for the Arts in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.
In November of 2005 Marina Abramovic performed Seven Easy Pieces in the rotunda at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; in this week-long series of performances she reenacted seminal performance works from the 1960s and '70s by Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Valie Export, Gina Pane, Joseph Beuys and herself, interpreting them as one would a musical score. The film is a reflection on performance art and body art outlining physical fragility, versatility, tenacity and unlimited endurance as seen in the work of Marina Abramovic. The film Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovic is about the performing body and how it affects viscerally the people who confront it, look at it and participate in the transcendental experience that is its primary effect. The ceremonial and meditative are the common responses to the week-long series of performances that took place in November 2005 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. From an art event to a social phenomenon, the seven performances became the talk of the town because they created among the visitors a sense of sublimation, like prayer. The film attempts to reveal the mechanisms of this transcendental experience by simply showing the performer's body living the events inscribed in each piece with details that outline the body's fragility, versatility, tenacity and unlimited endurance.
The fascination comes from the revelation of the physical transformation of Marina Abramovic's exposed body due to the rigorous discipline of being there on display each day for seven hours without any restrictive boundaries. The relentless progress of time is revealed each day by the acoustics of the building with its waves of crowds that roll like an ocean and marvel at the performer's steadfastness with respectful silence. That the performer's required discipline had to be so different from one piece to the next is one of the mysteries.
– Babette Mangolte
Length: 92 minutes
Country of Origin: USA
Exhibition Format: Video