MAI is a platform for immaterial art and long durational works, including those of performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, science, nature, technology, and undiscovered forms that may develop in the future. MAI is an incubator for collaboration among emerging and established individuals working in these fields.
Currently, MAI acts as an immaterial institute, hosting live events at partner venues, presenting collaborative projects, and educating the public about long durational works through its online platform, IMMATERIAL.
MAI Hudson, a building located in Hudson, New York, is being re-designed by The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Once renovated, this building will be the home of MAI, providing a space for long durational works, multidisciplinary collaboration, educational programming, and the Abramovic Method.
Can people cope with extreme isolation in a confined space? Without the Sun, what are our sleep cycles like? In 1962, geologist Michel Siffre investigated these questions by spending two months in total isolation, 375 feet deep into a subterranean glacier in the French-Italian Alps. Ten years later, he conducted a similar experiment on himself in a cave in Texas, sponsored by NASA, this time for a duration of six months. Siffre’s research was among the first to show that humans have internal clocks, with a biological day lasting slightly longer than 24 hours.