The Avatar MarinaArt Basel Hong Kong

Behind the scenes of Marina Abramović’s
new virtual reality artwork.


“In this moment of my career, I have been wondering how to transfer energy from body to body through the use of modern technology. This VR artwork raises questions about technology’s impact on human empathy through the lens of a pressing issue facing our world: climate change.” – Marina Abramović

Art Basel is delighted to announce the first public presentation of two virtual reality artworks by Marina Abramović and Anish Kapoor until 31 March 2018 at Art Basel in Hong Kong. To produce the artwork, Acute Art developers captured the artist’s unique facial expressions to create a realistic looking avatar of Abramović. Embracing new technology in an endeavor to transmit the presence of the artist virtually, Rising allows users to directly interact with the artist virtually from anywhere in the world.