I really like both James Franco and Marina Abramovic (who is sometimes referred to now as the "grandmother of performance art"). So needless to say I find this pairing for an interview (filmed as Abramovic instructs Franco on how to make an edible golden ball of peeled almonds and crushed cardamom pods) to be, well, fantastic. Abramovic is a sort of sage. I think anyone (artist or not) could learn a lot from her... and I see her as one of the bravest people I've ever known about. In this interview she says two profound things:
1. the studio is the worst place for an artist to be today
2. no one has ever been transformed doing things that they like
...and she says it with her charmingly classic eastern European accent.
Don't not watch this or read the subsequent article that Franco wrote after the taping!(posted by me yesterday)