Marina Abramović’s presence in the Museum of Modern Love, with Julian Garner

The Theatre Thoughts Podcast
The Theatre Thoughts Podcast
Marina Abramović's presence in the Museum of Modern Love, with Julian Garner

On this episode we sit down with actor Julian Garner to discuss The Museum of Modern Love, Marina Abramović’s The Artist is Present and what kept Julian busy throughout lockdown.

Julian is a National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) graduate. His theatre credits include The Turquoise Elephant for Griffin Theatre Company; Inner Voices for Red Line Productions; Arcadiaand Storm Boy for Sydney Theatre Company; The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Cyrano de Bergerac for Sport for Jove; Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, As You Like It, The Wars of the Roses, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night for Bell Shakespeare

His television credits include Top of the Lake: China Girl, Reckoning, Pulse, Janet King, McLeod’s Daughters, Blackjack, Home and Away and more recently the Peter Duncan directed mini-series Operation Buffalo. His film credits include Top End Wedding, Killing Ground, Problem Play, Head On, The Children of the Corn and I Am Woman

He is currently filming on Network Ten’s series 2 of The Secret She Keeps.”[A] rare treat… an astute meditation on art, bravery, friendship, love, how to live, and on dying.” – Sydney Morning Herald novel review

Following a successful series of development readings staged as part of Sydney Festival 2021, Seymour Centre is proud to present the world premiere production of The Museum of Modern Love at Sydney Festival 2022.

Adapted from the Stella Prize-winning novel by Heather Rose, The Museum of Modern Love follows New York-based film composer, Arky Levin, a man struggling to live and work in the face of incredible loss.

By chance, Arky finds his way to MoMA and sees Marina Abramović in The Artist is Present—a marathon and now-legendary feat of performance art that saw Abramović sitting silent and completely still opposite thousands of museum visitors in the spring of 2010.

Arky returns to MoMA again and again, and encounters other viewers also drawn to the exhibit, each with their own reasons for spending hours in the presence of Abramović. As the performance unfolds, so does Arky, and with his life coming back into focus, he finally understands what he must do to move forward.

Set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, and blurring the lines between spectator and artist, this transfixing new work explores dying and living, courage and commitment—and meditates on the power of art to unite and connect us, even in an increasingly disconnected world.

As part of The Museum of Modern Love, 10 people per performance will have the opportunity to sit on stage and be part of the action. All on-stage ticket holders will need to meet backstage before the show for a briefing and ticket holders will need to stay on stage for the duration of the performance. Further details on the Seymour Centre Website.

Below you can find all the links to things discussed in today’s episode:


Marina Abramović’s The Artist is Present

Marina meets former partner

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