Well, after unsuccessfully trying to catch up with Marina Abramovic last year in Venice as well in Moscow, I finally got to be in the presence of the Artist in the Country I lived all along - Germany. The Documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present was shown on this year's Berlinale festival, and yours truly went to see it. I was even so lucky to be invited to the party after the film. The reason I got invited? No, I was not wearing my speedo's, rather sat at the right place on the right time, and then the director of MoMA Klaus Biesenbach said something like: "We need to close these seats for the guests of honour, but all of you can remain seated. Oh, and here are the invitations for the afterparty!"
Then we all saw the movie (I was really impressed and did manage to find something new about Marina) after which there was an obligatory part of introducing the filmmakers. There was a director, producer, Marina (ofcourse!), Ulay, and ahole bunch of other people. At the party I overheard someone saying "I run the Mad Men"... The party was pretty ... well, how should I put this? I've never been to a Movie party before, but I knew that this party would be like no other. When we got there, each of us received a white (doctor's) coat and a white head set, which we also got to keep for our selves. We were instructed to wear the coat and headset, but not to talk until Marina says it's ok to talk. So we all went to this big room where the only sound was that of a metronome, being played through the speaker. Everyone was wearing a white coat and a white headset, so it was kinda strange. Of course, there were people who did talk to each other, so there was a bit of murmor, but nothing that bad. Some 30 minutes after I got there, Marina showed up, also with the coat and headpiece, and she did a couple rounds in the room, (saying) hi to her friends and such. After another 30 minutes, she got upstairs and said that the time of being silent is over, and that we were now free to speak among ourselves. The noise that followed overwhelmed me. While we were silent, I thought that no more than say 50 people is present, but once they all started talking, it felt like there was at least 200 of us...
Pics are below
The Bear at the Sony Centre at Potsdammerplatz
The poster for the film
Outside the venue - red carpet and shit
After the movie, in the theatre, L→R: Berlinale presenter, Marina, Ulay, Mathew Akers (director), Jeff Dupre (producer), Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA director)
Dressed for the party
Marina (far right, if I'm not mistaking)
Marina in the crowd
This guy was funny - he just stood there with his eyes closed, and there were bets to see if he fell asleep. Don't know who he is
Marina and Ulay
Freak to the center, and I don't know what's girl to the left doing with her middle finger...?
Mathew Akers - director of the film
He found a date!
I don't know who the blond is, then go producer, then the director
Keeping everything at the right temperature
Some more shots