The Cleaning the House workshop takes place to prepare the participants of the reperformances of many Abramovic performances. Parkafilm had the privilege of joining this workshop for documentation.
Exhibition at Bundeskunsthalle
I DEVELOPED THESE WORKSHOPS OVER 40 YEARS OF TEACHING, IN ORDER FOR MY STUDENTS TO PREPARE FOR LONG DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE. THEY PROVIDE A RESET FOR THE BODY AND GIVE A SET OF TOOLS TO MANAGE THE CHALLENGES OF THE MIND.
During the workshop, participants will be asked to refrain from eating or speaking to bring body and mind to a quiet, calm state. Participants will be led through a series of long durational exercises to improve individual focus, stamina, and concentration.
When we are are given the opportunity to be in nature, away from distractions and to participate in this time honed set of exercises and activities, it improves our focus, our determination and our ability to generate new ideas. This type of preparation is described by Abramovic as a complete internal reset, essential not only for performers, as they approach their work but also to other practitioners and professionals across all disciplines.