Marina abramovic licking rocks in the beach

Marina Abramovic: the sponsors and the funding

Marina Abramamovic is certainly an interesting character full of controversy. One of such controversies revolves around her ‘Marina Abramovic Institute’. Apparently Marina, or her team, were posting volunteer jobs on the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). While the work offered was part-time and unpaid, the abilities required to fill each position demands a certain level of qualifications and computer skills beyond what should be expected for any type of unpaid work. Some of the positions offered were:

Administrative Volunteer

  • Work: “general administrative duties, planning art-based special events, and development.”
  • Skills required: “excellent writing skills, the ability to multi-task, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, and prior experience working in a fast-paced arts non-profit or other administrative position.”
  • (Nonmonetary, intangible) benefits: “the opportunity to grow within the organization and expand professional networks.”

Tech and Production Volunteer

  • Work: “development and maintenance of IMMATERIAL, MAI’s digital journal.”
  • Skills required: Unclear, but they are looking for people “who would like to expand their knowledge of Javascript / JSON / Jquery, HTML5, CSS, Video streaming via Vimeo and/or Youtube Live,” which implies that you should already have some knowledge of these things.
  • (Nonmonetary, intangible) benefits: “a unique opportunity to hone technology skills on a highly visible, emerging arts platform.”
  • Bonus job volunteer position: “We also have volunteer opportunities for assistance with video and audio production, photo editing, and print layout.” Awesome, because I was wondering about that.

Special Projects Volunteer

  • Work: “preparing and working on collaborative in-person and digital projects.”
  • Skills required: “excellent organization and communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and basic HTML / CSS coding, familiarity with non-profit administration, comfort collaborating with partners in and outside of the arts and strong passion for the expanding the role of arts and sciences in various communities”
  • (Nonmonetary, intangible) benefits: none, but “artists are encouraged to apply”!

Research Volunteer

  • Work: “researching for the content of IMMATERIAL”
  • Skills required: “based in New York City and have a college-level background in art history, performance art, and/or performance art studies. Strong writing skills required. Additional background in at least two of the following: the sciences, research assistance, curatorial practice, performing arts, fine arts, photography / video.”
  • (Nonmonetary, intangible) benefits: none, unless you are “a critical thinker who wants to apply their skills to a large-scale collaborative project” and find that this fits the bill.

With such an impressive list of donors to Abramovic’s Institute, it is almost expected that Marina would be able to afford to pay her staff. Of course, the full comprehensive list of Marina’s donors is not listed in the website. Donations and contributions may come in many different forms, and contributors might want to keep their anonymity. Like the Annenberg Foundation donating to Abramovic on behalf of the Clinton family (this is too convoluted and merits an article on its own to unravel). Or the fact that Marina herself donates to ‘Hillary for America‘.

The list of donors will be expanded upon and the names will be linked in further articles to highlight their connections to Abramovic.

Foundation and Corporate Support:
  • Adidas.
  • Basilica Hudson.
  • Caldic Collective BV.
  • The Cultivist.
  • DACRA.
  •  Davis & Gilbert LLP.
  • FLAGCX.
  • Gary Lichtenstein Editions.
  • Givenchy.
  • Haus of Gaga.
  • Jane Services LLC.
  • Kickstarter.
  • Kind.
  • Miami Design District.
  • Moroso.
  • Paddle8.
  • Pineda Covalin.
  • Squarespace.
  • Tumblr.
  • Visionaire.
  • Abramovic LLC.
  • Agnes Gund Foundation.
  • Geoffrey Cone & Sara Cone Family Foundation.
  • NEON Foundation.
  • Orentreich Family Foundation.
  • Jewish Communal Fund.
  •  Fondation Beyeler.
  • Fondazione Prada.
  • Ekebergparken.
  • Hudson Opera House.
  • Kaldor Public Art Projects.
  • Kappatos Gallery.
  • Lisson Gallery.
  • Galleria Lia Rumma s.r.l.
  •  Mana Contemporary.
  • Métamatic Research Initiative.
  • Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
  • Sean Kelly Gallery.
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.
  • University of Applied Arts Vienna.
  • YoungArts Foundation

 

Individual Support:

Mirka Abelova, Hoor Al-Qasimi, Claudia Albanese, Regina Aldisert, Beckmann Aldric, Nemanja Aleksic, Ruth Allen, Jeanine Allen, Roberta Amigo, Alexandra Anikina, Ruth Ann Harnisch, Stewart-Alexander Annani, Jack Arnot, Sofia Arredondo, Factum Arte, Nicolas Attal, Jean Michel Attal, Guillaumc Attal, Charlotte Gounant Attal, Alexander Attal, Kin Ying Au, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Bruce Bailey, Sara Ballestriero, Adriana Baranska, Fabien Baron, Nicolas Barry, Sunny Bates, Laurie Bazzicalupo, Jaq Belcher, Marc Benda, Johann Benichou, Carl Bergmann, Efrain Bernal, Anna Berndtson, Muffin Bernstein , Karl Berry , Maria Grazia Bersani , Maria Grazia Bersani , Wendy Bertram , Stefania Biagiotti , Franziska Bieli , Klaus Biesenbach , Danielle Bitov , James Blaser , Patrick Blue , Michael Boardman , Fabrice Bochet , Rachel Boers , Marta Bogna , Håvard Bøhm , Jonah Bokaer , Tanja Bokan , Edwin Bol , Alexis Bonte , Franco Bosisio , Drazen Bosnjak , Marc-Andre Bourgault , Marco Brambilla , Emily Brandt , Kris Brankovic , Monika Bravo , Jenifer Briones , Marjana Brkic , Leesa Brock , Gibb Brownlie , Alessia Bulgari , Jo Andres & Steve Buscemi , Roger Bygott , Jeffery Byrd , Felipe Cabral , Anne Calas , Stephen Callaghan , paolo canevari , Sophie Canton , Gloria Cardenas , Gloria Cardenas , Louise Carey , Shawn Carter , Louise Caseley , Andrea Casinelli , Germano & Argento Celant , Joey Ceunen , Haw-Bin Chai , Emily Chameides , Joyce Chan , Antonio Chella , Jennifer Chin , Kathleen Ching , Andrea Ching , Patrick Lynch And Megan Choitz , Maria Choupi , Edwin Chu , Wong Chun Hoi , Alfredo Cicchinelli , Ahmet Civelek , Sandy Cleary , Juliet Cobb , Ramon Coelho , Claudia Coelho , Lise Hollander Cohen , Gary Cohen , Anna Colby , Pierre Collet , Joshua Coppins , Dijana Cosic Ebach , Manuel Ángel Cruz Coucerio , Lenn Cox , Kerry Cudmore , Nebojsa Cvetkovski , Bojana Cvorovic , Lara D’argento , Donata Dabrowska , Cressida Darwin , Erik Davidkov , Dimitris Daskalopoulos , Katharine Daugherty , Federica De Luca , Gonzalo Del Aguila , Nichole Delansky , Gilles Delmas , Erick Denney , Kane Desfontaines , Paul Desmond , Maura Devereux , Curtis DeVito , Siberiana Di Cocco , Esmeralda Di Risio , James Dickinson , Miguel Dietz , Casey DiGiantomasso , Dragana Dimitrov , Ali Raif Dinckok & Akkok San. Yatirim ve Gelistirme A.S , Francisco Diniz , Sarah Dioguardi , Emanuele Dolis , Daniel Doubrovkine , Jen Dougan , Brett Drummond , Alexander Dubinsky , Ashley Durkin , Ajsa Dzafic , Luchy Edwards , Carolyn Eilola , Lilu Einstein , Sandra Elkind , Atomic Elroy , Marie Emmermann , Marc Engenhart , Can Remzi Ergen , Elizabeth H. Erickson , Loren Eskenazi , Marky Estrada , Fusun Exzacibasi , Mark Fabiani , Antonella Falbo , Daniel Feffer , Roni Feinstein , Beth Ferreira , Ira Ferris , P Ficenes , Selina Field , John Firestone , Lea Fischer , Cilloran Fisher , Thea Flanco , Marcos Paim C Fonteles , Marcy B. Freedman , Susanne Frensley , Anna Fromm , Yolanda Frost , Michal Fuchs , To Chi Fung , Reina Gadil , Catherine Gamard , Vallejo Gantner , Noel Gardiner , Paola Gargiulo , Keith Gaskin , Annet Gelink , Jennifer A. Gentry , Linda Girvin , Sara Glassman , Neil Godfrey , Ziggi Golding , Snezana Golubovic , Mariana Gomes , Olga Gomez-Cash , Daniel Gonçalves , Nina Goodman , Maria Elena Gorini , Janice Gossman , PG Gould , Luz Gradilla , Miles Greenberg , Judith Greer , Jacob Grice , Stirling Grodner , David Gunn , Victoria Gur , Gozdem Gurbuzatik , László Háfra , Simone Haggiag , Han Halewijn , Marshall Hammond , Jeanne Hardy , Jon Harris , Joanna Harvey , Ashley Susan Hayes , Ryan Hebert , Africia Heiderhoff , Dan Henderson , Naomi Hepworth , Barry Herstein , Nancy Hirshbein , Cecilie Lolk Hjort , Joni W Holinger , Anna Newland Hooper , Shaun Houghton , Richard Howell , Lars Howlett , Tehching Hsieh , Tim Hughes , Amelia Lopez Huix , Michael J. Hußmann , Nicolas Iljine , Andrea Illy , Neha Jamani , Ante Jambrovic , Rachel Yi Jeng , Chandra Jessee , Charlotte Johnson , Isabelle Jordan , Didier Julien , Cam Kafura , Johnny Kalaj , Ines Kallab , Amy Kalson , Jon Kaplan , Gerasimos Kappatos , Omar Karim , Ivan Karl , Naomi Kashinsky , Gisele Kaufman , Angela Jean Kaylor , Kristine Coratti Kelly , Emily Kenway , Lexi Kirsch , Haleigh Kling , Anna Kobylinskaya , Ntavris Konstantinos , Joshua Kramer , Philipp Krummel , Grazyna Kulczyk , Thomas Kuppler , Siri Kvalfoss , Steven Landau , Andreas Lang , Francois Lapeyre , Nicoletta Laviola , Everett Ledet , Steven H Lee , Van Dommelen Leen , ilene Lefcourt , Stephen Lentini , Frances Lewis , Patrick Lichty , Van Assche Line , Nicolas Lippert , Ana Ljubinkovic , Andrew Lockhart , Monique Lodders , Nathan Loofbourrow , Frank Lopez , J Barry Lord , Rebeka Luznik , ShaMichael Lymore , Lyn Lyons , Erez Maayan , Adrienne Madama , Martina Maestri , Ana Mafé García , Samuel Mak , Joel Ava Makinson , Wesh Man , Joseph Mancine , Giorgio Manes , Zaki Manian , Andre Manukyan , Joe Marfice , Micaela Martegani , Ron Martelli , José Adán Martín Concepción , Luisa Martini , Arturo Martinini , Elena Matacena , Massimo Mathis , Nadine Matta , Mauro and Francoise Maur , Leonardo Mazzanti , Rustin Mccann , Richard Mccomas , Gia Mckenna , Lucia Medeghini , Samantha Mehnert , Nina Meledandri , Peter Melicharek , Brandon Melo , Efstratia Menegaki , Eduardo Mercado , Corine Rodrigue Et Aurélien Merville , Maria Luiza Meyer Abrantes , Nannette Mickle, Katerina Mileeva , Daniel Miller , Dan Miller , Danijela Milutinovic , Tosca Minotto , Jennifer M Moloney , Jacob Rath And Samilee Moody , Dan Moore , Andrea Moretti , Patrizia Moroso , Marina Mottin , Susan J Mueller , Paul Muniz , Jill B. Murray , Youssef Nabil , Svirskaya Nadezhda , Johnny Naked , Tomasz Napierala , Marc Neal Simon , Jelena Nedic , Mariano Negri , Thom Neill , Kathleen Neilson , Nikolaos Nerantzis , Shirin Neshat , Scott Neven , Danica Newell , Xuan Nicolle , Marcella nigro , Francesco Ninno , Jozo Novak , Christian Novotny , Anastasiia Oger , Ariane Oiticica , Elsa Okazaki , Peter Olin , Iris Ong , Yuri Ono , anna Onofrio , Dimi David Opsimoulis , Stephen Oristaglio , Siena Oristaglio , Siena Oristaglio , Jeryl And Stephen Oristaglio , Sasha Orr , Katerina Papadopoulos , Andres Pardey , Georges Michel Parent , Fabio Pariante , Corrado Parise , Paolo Parolin , Priska Pasquer , Stefano W. Pasquini , Ana Passos , Andrea Pastorello , Mario Patane , Alexandre Duarte Da Silva Pedro , Ronald Peltier , Alex Peper , Alex Peper , Douglas Perkins , Daniel Perlin , Jennifer Naumovski Petix , Vladimir Petrovic , Margherita Pierantoni , Alexandra Pinho , Meri Pipenbaher , Gemma Plumpton , Anthony Podesta , Francis Pape, Darla Pruitt , Charles Quiles , J.W. Radabaugh , Marina Radulaski , Vojin Rajovic , Martha Paola Ramos , Slobodan Randjelovic , Ilga Rauchut , Vienne Rea , Alessia Reggiani , Jackie Reichert , Veronica Reo , María Eugenia Salcedo Repolês , Janelle Revord , Eve Reynolds , Stephen Richards , Marc Richter , Michael Riordan , Carlo Riva , Keoni Rivera , Carolyn Robbins , Douglas Robinson , Cody Robinson , John Roche , Nancy Rodrigues , Ana Carolina De Aguiar Rodrigues , Carla Saborio Rodriguez , Alicia Rodriguez , Kyra Rogers , Heather Rose , Julian Rosefeldt , Christopher Rosevear , Caroline Rothstein , Rick Rubio , Beatrice Saccuzzo , Mark Sander , Giulia Sarmenghi , Jan Savarick , Andrea Scaricabarozzi , Michael Schommer , Elisabeth Schreve-Brinkman , Lars Schumacher , Jordan M. Scoggins , Eric Sepulveda , Carreira Serge , K. Seward , Jack Shainman , Samantha Shay , Danqing Shen , Emily Shetler , Shohei Shigematsu , Ena Shulz , Michael Sibilia , Tommaso Sica , Yann Sicamois , Maria Silva Papais , Konstantin Simic , Marc And Madlen Simon , William Skaleski , Djordje Smajlovic , Zijazo Smith , Daemian Smith , Theresa Snooks , Lauren Sokol , Cinzia Sonego , Lisa C Soto , kareN soyeR , Mark Spano , Bruce Stark , Michal Mario Stastny , Paul Steinbrecher , Paul Steinbrecher , Matthew Stevens , Marco Stirkat , Jennifer Stockman , Julia Stoschek , Carmen Stowers , Dimitrios Stratakis , Christen Sveaas , Yevgeniy Svyatskiy , John Ta , Cyrille Tabary , Frederic Taieb , Sue Tallon , James Tamim , Martin Taminiau , Julia Tang , Matthew Travis Tanner , James Taylor , Daniel Teitelbaum , Tanja Telenta , Jennifer Tellier , Winnie Teschmacher , Geri Thomas , David Thomas , Michele Tilley , Nikolai Tolstoy , Alexandra Tomic , Julia Toribio Leao , Ann Tracy , Stuart Tucker , Joyce, Chan Hiu Tung , Anne-Marie Twigge , Michael Valdez , Narcís Pujol Vallvé , Louis Van Den Hengel , Marius Van Der Walt , Charlotte Siewertsz Van Reesema , Claudia Vena , Jennifer Venditti , Vincent Verduzco , Samuli Vihanto , Maribel Femenia Viñao , Sebastienjf Vincent , Matten Vogel , Rusian Volkov , Christof Vollrath , Francesca von Habsburg , Militia Vox , Eric Watson , Jeffrey Wear , Joshua Wesoky , Mark Williams , Lara Wilson , Kate Wivell , Melanie K Wolf , Johann Wolfshoon , Stephanie Wong , Blake Wood , Jabriel Woodall , Derek Wright , Katharina Wulkow , Patrick Wynne , Shirley Yoon , Madeline Zamoyski , Christine Zardecki , Stefano Zarelli , Clara Zavani , Dasha Zhukova , Sigita Znotina , Mary Zogzas , Boudewijn

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