Today in a press release, the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) announced a new series of "collaborative events and public installations" that will happen during this year's Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/ art fairs in December.
The first will be a collaboration with the Beyeler Foundation and will take place at their booth at Art Basel. Designed by Marina Abramovic, the event will involve attendees and what we are going to call #ArtBaselNaps. "Participants, guided by trained facilitators, will be encouraged to lie down, rest, and sleep with no time restriction," reads the release. "This exercise will offer the public an opportunity to slow down within the lively, fast-paced environment of Art Basel."
MAI will also present Abramovic's Counting the Rice exercise, a long durational exercise that requires that participants separate grains of rice from lentils. on wooden tables designed by architect Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with Moroso, the Italian design company. The exercise will be presented in the Miami District as well as during Design Miami/. At the fair, two special design objects will be used: the Libeskind table and the Portal chair by Patricia Urquiola.
The Slow Motion Walk exercise will also be presented in Miami from Dec. 4 through Dec 7. at the YoungArts Jewel Box. The exercise will be facilitated by Abramovic collaborator Lynsey Peisinger and performance artist Brittany Bailey, and presented in collaboration with the National YoungArts Foundation.
The final announcement is that the IMMATERIAL Volume 1 ebook will launch at Art Basel on Dec. 1 to $2+/month subscribers at immaterial.org. That's a lot to keep track of, so check out immaterial.org and the MAI Hudson Tumblr, where photographs and updates will be posted from the coming events.