Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramovic has pioneered performance as a visual art form, creating some of the most important early works. The body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring her physical and mental limits in works that ritualize the simple actions of everyday life, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.
In ‘Rising’, Marina Abramovic uses virtual reality to transcend the limits of her physical body, and bring people into direct contact with her via the virtual space.
In the piece, she confronts viewers with the climate crisis engulfing us offline, issuing a powerful call to action asking us to enter into a new kind of contract with the physical world around us. Abramovic’s avatar beckons you from within a glass tank, slowly filling with water from the waist to her neck.
When you make contact, you are transported along with Abramovic to the heart of melting glacial ice caps. Here the terms of the contract are laid out before you. For every commitment you make, the water level in Abramovic’s tank decreases. Without any commitment at all, the water shall rise, until Abramovic has drowned, and with it our world will be destroyed.