How much would you pay to put on a lab coat and stare at strangers?


Sixty-five-year-old Marina Abramović, widely regarded as the most successful performance artist living today, is asking for $ 600,000 on Kickstarter to complete the initial design phase of a new breed of art museum. The artist says she was inspired to create the Marina Abramović Institute, or MAI, during her last performance, an emotional 736-hour marathon in which she sat in a chair and invited visitors to sit across from her and look into her eyes.

The institute will host performance art in which the audience participates, as well as lectures and a library of “time-based and immaterial works.” Enter, and you’ll be asked to sign a contract promising to stay at least six hours. Then you’ll don a lab coat and noise-canceling…

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