During a keynote speech in Sydney for Kaldor Public Art Projects, 67-year-old performance artist Marina Abramovic read aloud her (dramatic) manifesto, saying, “an artist should die consciously without fear,” and added that “the funeral is the artist’s last piece before leaving.”
She admitted to becoming obsessed with death after attending her friend Susan Sontag’s Parisian funeral in 2004, and has since been fine-tuning every detail of her own final performance.
“I want to have three Marinas,”Abramovic said, according to The Guardian. “Of course, one is real and two fake because you can’t have three bodies. But I want these three Marinas buried in the three cities which I’ve lived [in] the longest, which is Belgrade, Amsterdam and New York.” Always one to revel in mystery, Abramovic said her real body would remain a secret.
Despite religiously wearing all black, “like a cockroach,” the artist said she’d actually prefer if mourners wore bright colors to the funeral. She’s even decided on the event’s soundtrack (hint: it’s not Jay Z).
Singer and collaborator Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) would belt, “I Did It My Way,” she detailed, admitting Hegarty hasn’t yet agreed to the arrangement. “He never said yes but I think he will be so sad that I die he will probably do it,” Abramovic said.