the artist is (present)

(maker, performer)

the artist is (present) is a durational, interactive re-presentation of Marina Abramović’s The Artist is Present.


Placed in the heart of a busy thoroughfare on campus, passersby are invited through written instructions to wrap, unwrap, decorate, draw or engage in other activities using the materials laid out around the artist. Simultaneously pun and ironic homage, this work engages members of the public in a moment of contemplation, community, and pleasure.


This work is indebted to audiences and participants (fleeting or otherwise) that are willing to bask in the surprise of the encounter, share their time, and enjoy the transience of whatever present is made in that present.



2015: in Mudfest 2015, Union House, University of Melbourne

Mentor & Outside Eye: Emma Valente 

© 2018 JEAN TONG. All Rights Reserved.

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