«What we give people is themselves»

In 1989, I gave an interview in which I said that the art of the 21st century would be art where there is nothing between the artist and the visitor, that it would be an exchange of energy, and that is how it has turned out here. Looking at something isn’t experiencing it; this is experience. Our culture is based on guilt, on having to deliver; but here, we give people permission to do nothing – to close their eyes and just be with themselves. What we give people is themselves. The brain is like a Ferrari… we help people to slow it down.
Marina Abramović, 512 Hours alla Serpentine Galleries, London