Yesterday I went to see the perfomnce exhibition 512 hours at the Serpentine Gallery. A new performance by internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramovic.
I arrived around 10:00 am there wasn't any queue yet so I went in straight away, as soon as you enter you have to leave all your bags, including cameras or any electronic devices.
I went into the main room of the gallery where you see people standing still in a wood platform in the middle of the room some with their eyes close, others with their eyes open, there is also chairs where you can seat and put some headphones with no music of course. There is also people walking around in circles or just leaning on the walls. Once there a girl dressed in black came to me and grabbed my hand and asked if I want it to do slow walking, I nodded, she took me to another room while still grabbing my hand we walked into the other room, she told me to concentrate in my breathing and then we start walking in slow motion. This exercise made me feel a bit space out but in a nice way, then there was another room with several cots were people was able to lay down and wear headphones again with no music.
And then you see Marina walking around interacting with everybody touching, speaking a bit and holding hands with her, it is quite amazing feeling just to see her, she's made history, a pioner of performance as an art form. I also enjoyed the feeling of not having bags or phones, neither the people around me. You with nothing else, only the space, Marina and other humans lying, sitting, dreaming, and thinking, in order to manifest a unique mental state.