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an artist’s life manifesto

marina abramovic

1. an artist’s conduct in his life:

. an artist should not lie to himself or others 

. an artist should not steal ideas from another artist

. an artist should not compromise for himself or in regards to the art market 

. an artist should not kill other human being

. an artist should not make himself into an idol 

. an artist should not make himself into an idol 

. an artist should not make himself into an idol 

2. an artist’s relation to his love life: 

. an artist should avoid falling in love with another artist (i made twice)

. 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 

4. an artist’s relation to suffering: 

. an artist should suffer 

. from the suffering comes the best work 

. suffering bring transformation 

. through the suffering an artist transcends his spirit 

. through the suffering an artist transcends his spirit 

 

5. an artist’s relation to depression:

. an artist should not be depressed 

. depression is disease and should be cured 

. 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 himself for inspiration 

. the deeper he looks inside himself, the more universal he becomes 

. 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 in the same time 

. 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, is difficult to find the key 

. sometimes, is difficult to find the key 

. sometimes, 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 turbulent ocean 

. silence is like an island in the middle of turbulent ocean 

12. an artist’s relation to solitude: 

. an artist must make time for long periods of solitude 

. solitude is extremely important 

. away from home 

. away from studio 

. away from family

. away from friends 

. an artist should stay for long period of time at waterfalls 

. an artist should stay for long period of time at exploding volcanoes 

. an artist should stay for long period of time looking at the fast running rivers 

. an artist should stay for long period of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet 

. an artist should stay for long period of time looking at the stars in the night sky 

13. an artist’s conduct in relation to work: 

. an artist should explore life and work only when 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. a list of artist’s friends: 

. an artist should have friends that lift the spirit

. an artist should have friends that lift the spirit

. an artist should have friends that lift the spirit 

15. a list of artist’s enemies: 

. enemies are very important 

. the dalai lama said it is easy to have compassion with friend but much more difficult to have compassion with enemies

. an artist have to learn to forgive 

. an artist have to learn to forgive 

. an artist have to learn to forgive 

16. different death scenarios: 

. for an artist, it is not only important how he lives his life but also how he dies 

. an artist should look at the symbols of his work for the signs of different death scenarios 

. an artist should die consciously without fear 

. an artist should die consciously without fear 

. an artist should die consciously without fear 

17. different funeral scenarios: 

. an artist should give instructions before the funeral so that everything is done the way he wants it 

. the funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving 

. the funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving 

. the funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving 

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Brion Gysin, notes in the beat hotel, 1962.

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