Miami – Marina Abramovic has collaborated with Italian furniture company Moroso and designer Daniel Libeskind on a set of tables for the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) workshop performance, Counting the Rice.
The Moroso for MAI tables are designed for performers to sit at while they count and separate thousands of grains of rice over a minimum of six hours. The performance, like many from Abramovic, is about the contemplation of time, testing a person’s physical and mental limits, and turning a banal ritual into a meditative practice.
Libeskind interpreted the performance with a sharp angular table that has grooves to compartmentalise the rice. Moroso made two versions – one made of wood and one of concrete – that will be on display during Design Miami/. Overall, the collection will include 30 limited-edition tables. The products are the first in the brand’s partnership with MAI, which they will continue to explore during Art Basel Miami Beach with a panel on Materials for Immateriality on 5 December.