Marina Abramovic interview

Tuesday 12th July, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

*About NFTs.  Sort of.



Marina Abramović: This question reminds me of an important story. When I was 14, I asked my father to give me oil paints — because oil paints mean you are a serious artist. My father didn’t really care about art but he knew this soldier, Filo Filipović, who became an abstract painter after the war. Filo came with me and my father to the shop and we bought canvases, pigment, some plaster, cement, and lots of different things. We went home and he gave me my first painting lesson, which I will never forget for the rest of my life. First of all, he cut the canvas and placed it on the floor. Then, he threw some glue on top and then some white paint and then yellow pigment and lots of red pigment. Then he put some cement on the back and began to pour gasoline all over the place. Finally, he took a lighter and lit the whole thing and everything literally exploded in front of my eyes. He looked at me and said: “This is a sunset!” And left….