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Monday, August 29, 2016

solitude is extremely important



I've pre-posted this in advance and to say that this week I'm taking a bit of a break from the internet. (Famous last words). But as I'm thinking about what it means to be an artist, and perhaps constructing my own manifesto, I thought I would leave this here for you. And for me, too. See you back here next week.

- Shawna



From An Artist’s Life (Manifesto) by Marina Abramović



1. An artist’s conduct in his life:
An artist should not lie to himself or others
An artist should not steal ideas from other artists
An artist should not compromise for themselves or in regards to the art market
An artist should not kill other human beings
An artist should not make themselves into an idol
An artist should not make themselves into an idol
An artist should not make themselves into an idol


2. An artist’s relation to his love life:
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist


3. An artist’s relation to the erotic:
An artist should develop an erotic point of view on the world
An artist should be erotic
An artist should be erotic
An artist should be erotic


4. An artist’s relation to suffering:
An artist should suffer
From the suffering comes the best work
Suffering brings transformation
Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit
Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit
Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit


5. An artist’s relation to depression:
An artist should not be depressed
Depression is a disease and should be cured
Depression is not productive for an artist
Depression is not productive for an artist
Depression is not productive for an artist


6. An artist’s relation to suicide:
Suicide is a crime against life
An artist should not commit suicide
An artist should not commit suicide
An artist should not commit suicide


7. An artist’s relation to inspiration:
An artist should look deep inside themselves for inspiration
The deeper they look inside themselves, the more universal they become
The artist is universe
The artist is universe
The artist is universe


8. An artist’s relation to self-control:
The artist should not have self-control about his life
The artist should have total self-control about his work
The artist should not have self-control about his life
The artist should have total self-control about his work


9. An artist’s relation with transparency:
The artist should give and receive at the same time
Transparency means receptive
Transparency means to give
Transparency means to receive
Transparency means receptive
Transparency means to give
Transparency means to receive
Transparency means receptive
Transparency means to give
Transparency means to receive


10. An artist’s relation to symbols:
An artist creates his own symbols
Symbols are an artist’s language
The language must then be translated
Sometimes it is difficult to find the key
Sometimes it is difficult to find the key
Sometimes it is difficult to find the key


11. An artist’s relation to silence:
An artist has to understand silence
An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean


12. An artist’s relation to solitude:
An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude
Solitude is extremely important
Away from home
Away from the studio
Away from family
Away from friends
An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls
An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the fast running rivers
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky


13. An artist’s conduct in relation to work:
An artist should avoid going to the studio every day
An artist should not treat his work schedule as a bank employee does
An artist should explore life and work only when an idea comes to him in a dream or during the day as a vision that arises as a surprise
An artist should not repeat himself
An artist should not overproduce
An artist should avoid his own art pollution
An artist should avoid his own art pollution
An artist should avoid his own art pollution


14. An artist’s possessions:
Buddhist monks advise that it is best to have nine possessions in their life:

– 1 robe for the summer
– 1 robe for the winter
– 1 pair of shoes
– 1 begging bowl for food
– 1 mosquito net
– 1 prayer book
– 1 umbrella
– 1 mat to sleep on
– 1 pair of glasses if needed
An artist should decide for himself the minimum personal possessions they should have
An artist should have more and more of less and less
An artist should have more and more of less and less
An artist should have more and more of less and less


15. A list of an artist’s friends:
An artist should have friends that lift their spirits
An artist should have friends that lift their spirits
An artist should have friends that lift their spirits


16. A list of an artist’s enemies:
Enemies are very important
The Dalai Lama has said that it is easy to have compassion with friends but much more difficult to have compassion with enemies
An artist has to learn to forgive
An artist has to learn to forgive
An artist has to learn to forgive


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