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“We need fewer artists and more heroes” | Pro Club Bd

When I was filming The hero In 2001 I mourned my father. Vojo was a national hero, a soldier who fought with the Yugoslav partisans, the communists led by Tito, against the Nazis. He was a very handsome man with a strong, stern face and a thick, strong-looking mop of hair. In pictures of him from the war, he almost always rides a white horse. He fought with a group of guerrillas who made lightning attacks on the Germans. It took incredible courage. Many of his friends were killed alongside him.

in the The hero, I sit on a white horse, as my father so often did, and I hold a great white flag that flaps in the wind. Why a white flag? My father never surrendered to anything. But he managed to surprise me. I remember that in 1968, when students in Yugoslavia were protesting against the government to demand freedom and rights, he did something heroic that impressed me not only with his bravery but also with his solidarity and compassion. Handsome in a raincoat and tie, his hair piled majestically, he stood in the middle of Marx and Engels Square and delivered an impassioned speech in which he renounced his membership in the Communist Party and denounced the “red bourgeoisie” of Yugoslavia, which controlled the government. At the climax of his speech, he threw his party membership card into the crowd – an amazing gesture. Everyone applauded wildly. I was so proud of him.

In 2001 Vojo died and white is also the color of death. In the end, we all have to surrender to change.

Marina Abramović’s parents, Danica and Vojo Abramović in 1945 Courtesy of Marina Abramović Archives

Today, the work I did in tribute to my father has a whole new life. A work I originally recorded in 2001 will now be shown nightly for three months at London’s Piccadilly Lights and other major screens in Seoul, Milan, Berlin, Dublin, Tokyo and New York as part of my Circa 2022 commission. It comes out with a new narration that I wrote to reflect that Life manifesto of the artist I graduated in 2011, called The Heroes’ Manifesto.

This shift – from writing a manifesto for artists to one for heroes – is now complete, for bravery and heroism are the qualities our times demand. Right now we are in such a strange moment: we are destroying our planet and we are seeing wars all over the world. What can an artist do? Art will not save us. Today I tell people that we must be adaptable. Right now we need heroes; fewer artists but more heroes.

Our planet needs incorruptible, moral heroes who embody courage and bring about real change. Every day is a shaky, uncertain, ever-changing landscape. In the Circa network of screens, we have this white horse. That white flag. This beautiful country. We need heroes who can bring new light to enlighten us. Heroes who can inspire us to be better and work together, not against each other. heroes who care.

Today a hero could be Txai Surui, a young climate activist who was the only indigenous woman to speak at the Cop26 climate conference, urging world leaders to act decisively and reminding us that “there is always a need to believe that the dream is possible.” It could be Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova who raised $6.7 million to support Ukraine in the first days after the Russian invasion. Or it could be President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, standing alone with courage as a leader at a time when the morale of our politicians is so low. In 2022, the white flag I held up all those years ago represents peace.

The hero by Marina Abramovic at Piccadilly Lights © Approx

This work is now a worldwide call for new heroes. Today heroes can come with white flags. They can come in many forms: pacifist, feminine, self-sacrificing, collective. The first thing you see on the screen is a woman on horseback. His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that next time he will not be reborn as a man but as a woman. Finally. Women have a different kind of energy. But there is more. It has always been very important to create strong images. I cannot predict what each person will look at The hero will take away. As Marcel Duchamp said, the public must complete the work. Why this heroic attitude with the horse dominating the landscape? Why does this landscape exist? All of this remains unanswered, I want the public to complete the work with their own interpretation, see in it their own ideas of heroism.

My first NFT

My favorite philosopher, Noam Chomsky, once said, “We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.” Right now I think we need both. First we have to ask who can bring the solutions we need. The heroes – the ones who sacrifice everything – can bring new light to illuminate this world. These new heroes are the ones I want to support starting today. It’s really about finding solutions to these disasters. These solutions are the reason why I create my first NFT collection, The Hero 25FPS. I never intended to create an NFT – it came as a surprise. As with all my previous performances, there is always a certain risk involved. I haven’t done NFT for a while because I needed to find the right idea that actually works. It’s such a new medium for me that I immediately thought about connecting with any kind of story or performance art.

The first thing that came to mind was 1959, when Yves Klein was selling to his collectors on a bridge over the Seine Zone of Sensitivity Picturale Immatérielle to achieve complete immaterialization. This simple work involved selling empty space in exchange for gold. If the buyer wished, the piece could then be completed in an elaborate ritual in which the buyer burned the receipt and Klein threw half the gold into the river. All that was left was just ash in the river. If you also think of performance art, it is always about immateriality. You can’t frame a performance and hang it on the wall. This ritualistic moment, I believe, sparked conceptualism and influenced me very early in my development as a performance artist.

I am selling every single frame by The hero (2001) within the framework of The Hero 25FPS, which stands for frames per second. As with all my work, the audience completes the work. My first performance on the blockchain invites people to buy either a single frame (.jpg) or a sequence of frames (.gif) to buy time. Then a percentage will fund new heroism. As? I invite people working within Web3 to submit ideas for nft.circa.art Website. Ideas that make the world a better, more beautiful place. Heroic visionaries will then receive a scholarship in the coming months. I want to see what other ideas people in this web3 space have to save our planet. The scholarships are awarded by us The Hero 25FPS is my small contribution to this future.

Marina Abramovic Photo: Marco Anelli © 2022

I don’t know what the hero grant winners will look like. I cast the net wide. Gavin Wood, who coined the term Web3 in 2014, said decentralized technologies are the only hope of saving liberal democracy. We’re beginning to see how they can make a difference in the world. Bail Bloc Project, an app developed by culture magazine The new request, allows anyone to volunteer computing power to mine cryptocurrency, which is used to pay Americans without bail to get out of jail. I was interested in learning more about DAOs, “decentralized autonomous organizations” that are member-owned and operate transparently on the Internet. One such organization, Cowgirl DAO, raises funds for abortion rights through the sale of cowgirl art NFTs. With photographer and artist Molly Dickson’s work beginning in Dallas in May, she aims to challenge the horrifying news that the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade, and to continue providing access to abortion rights for all.

If Web3 projects can help victims of war, reunite families separated by prison, and restore access to reproductive health, I want to see what other heroic impact they can have in the real world. I would say to the young people of Web3, just don’t give up. Because you are the future. You have the vision, but it takes time to turn it into a vision of greatness. It doesn’t happen overnight and can take a lot of work.

For me, the whole world has always been divided into two categories: the originals and those that follow. The originals are not only artists, but also scientists, doctors, fashion designers, filmmakers and writers. When I founded the Marina Abramović Institute, it was dedicated to incubating a dialogue between science, art, technology and even spirituality, all intangible. Many originals produce tangible things, but other practices—music, theater, and the study of nature—are essentially immaterial. Today we need people with this vision to create new ways of learning and art forms that haven’t even been invented yet. We need people who can bring new light.

I said earlier that art will not save us. But ideas will save us. And art can help fuel those ideas. Strong images can help. And a hardcore message. I leave the rest open. I’ll never turn my back on art, but I’m excited by the possibilities that lie alongside it – and beyond. Art will always exist. Art has existed for as long as there have been people. Today we need heroes.

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