Many of my works are durational in nature, minimal in actions and materials, and are often located in peripheral spaces of larger events.  I create works in response to specific sites, engaging with the immediate landscape and materiality of the location, its history, use, or politics.  Sites have included a former Cold War missile base in the United States, a 15th century Turkish bath in Macedonia, an aluminum factory in Argentina, an abandoned tuberculosis sanatorium in Poland, and the site of the Spanish landing in the Philippines.  


Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, ranging from solo performances to large-scale interactive works incorporating installation and performance.  She has presented her work at festivals, alternative spaces, galleries, museums, universities and conferences throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America.  She is on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she teaches performance art.  She is a member of Mobius, Inc., which she founded in 1977.  Mobius is an interdisciplinary collaborative of artists who also operate a gallery in Boston.                


Image credits: Marking Time I, - a durational performance by Marilyn Arsem. Nox Contemporary, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. November, 2012.
Photo by Kristina Lenzi.

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