Art x Technology: Marina Abramovic Institute
Wednesday, May 15th from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Join us for an evening with Marina Abramović, Siena Oristaglio, Danica Newell, and Pericles Kolias to discuss the intersection of art and technology and the development of MAI. MAI will focus on long durational performance: dance, theater, film, video, music and any other performative forms of art which might develop in the future. The Institute will pursue a role in culture by seeking productive unions between the arts, science, technology, spirituality and education. It will provide an experimental space to conduct research, hosting workshops, public lectures and residencies.
About the Speakers
Marina Abramović is a New York-based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.
Siena Oristaglio runs social media for Marina Abramović Institute. She brings to this work her passion for the merging of art, science, education, and technology. Her international work and studies before joining MAI (with Le Laboratoire in Paris, Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Tel Aviv's Bialik-Rogozin School for Children of Transnational Migrant Workers, Boston's Urbano Project, and The New School University in New York City) focused on creatively connecting the public to these important areas and exploring new frontiers through the integration of arts and sciences.
Danica Newell worked as Marina Abramovic's assistant and office manager for three years before overseeing the 2013 opening of the MAI office. A native of Austin, TX, she discovered her passion for art after attending Trinity University, in San Antonio and volunteering with the student-run CinemaTexas International Short Film Festival, where she gained experience curating and writing grants. In New York, where she has lived for the last 8 years, she finished her degree in Art History at Hunter College. When not focused on long-durational time-based and immaterial projects, she spends her spare time performing in her band, Hairy Sands, slowly progressing through Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at the piano, and riding her bike around the city.
Pericles Kolias, a native of Limassol, Cyprus, first followed his artistic passion to Italy, where he recieved his BFA in painting from the renowned Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence (2001-2005). During his stint in Florence, he exhibited in various group shows, including the Rotte Metropolitane, while working for Base/Progetti per L'Arte -- a prestigious boutique non-profit organization, where he assisted artists such as Pedro Cabrita Reis and Simone Berti in installing shows and special projects. After honing his expertise in Italy, Pericles returned to Cyprus to teach art to the next generation. During his time back home he mounted his first solo exhibition titled "Unity and Diversity" at Diatopos Art Centre in Nicosia.
In 2008, he headed overseas to New York to take on a post at Columbia University, working in the Department of Classics and the Department of Italian. His love of the arts subsequently led him to a position as a digital image archivist at the Michal Rovner Studio, and finally Abramovic LLC -- where he signed on as an assistant image archivist before joining the MAI team, working to develop and launch the Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, NY.
Serge Le Borgne studied marketing and finance at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris/ESCP. From 1990-1997, Serge resided in Hong Kong where he worked as a trader. From 1998-2009, he ran his own gallery in Paris, France, but closed it when Marina invited him to be the director of Marina Abramovic Institute.
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