at FYLKINGEN, Stockholm, Sweden
3 day workshop & 2 performance events
led by Hans Christian van Nijkerk & Hiroko Tsuchimoto
Co-production with NKF, Nordic Art Association & Fylkingen
DISCOMFORT performance event #1, Performance by Hans Christian van Nijkerk & Hiroko Tsuchimoto on Friday, February 3 (18:30 - 20:00)
DISCOMFORT performance event #2, Performances by workshop participants on Saturday, February 4 (17:00 - 24:00)
Performance art can often bring about a feeling of discomfort, both for the performing artist and for the audience watching the performance. The audience cannot know exactly what will transpire, whether they will be confronted with something they’d rather not see, risk wasting their time on a potentially boring durational piece or even the terrifying prospect of having to participate. The performing artist can never fully anticipate how the audience will react and may be unsure exactly how the work will function (especially if the work is unscripted), working from a place of responding to the situation there and then.
DISCOMFORT is a project by Hans Christian van Nijkerk and Hiroko Tsuchimoto. They are organizing a 3-day performance workshop with this topic at Fylkingen between February 2-4. They will be showing the results of their collaboration in the form of a performance event at Fylkingen. The participants of the workshop will present their works in the same venue the following day.
About the artists:
Hans Christian van Nijkerk (NO/NL – lives in Bergen, Norway) is currently on a residency at Nordic Guest Studio (NKF – Nordic Art Association - Malongen) where he is doing a collaboration with performance artist Hiroko Tsuchimoto (JP/SE – lives in Stockholm).
Hans Christian van Nijkerk works primarily with performance art. His audiences are often expected to give direct feedback on his performances or even participate, making them an integral part of the work or even comprising the work itself. He enjoys performing at unconventional sites in public spaces, where audience reaction is often very different from a traditional stage: less predictable, less polite. This also presents the challenge of working with negative feedback, or with no feedback at all from unwilling or unaware audiences.
Hiroko Tsuchimoto’s works can be described as political, in the sense that they problematize our views and actions. In her performances she investigates the cultural construction of authority, borders and dichotomies. Through pushing and pulling her audience, she divides the visitors according to arbitrary systems, like nationality, fortunetelling or phrenology. The arrangements are carried out in silence, with body- and eye contact as means of communication. This leaves the spectators with a funny, disorienting feeling, bordering on uneasiness.
Friday, February 3
18:30 Doors and Bar open
19:00-19:45 Performance by Hans Christian van Nijkerk and Hiroko Tsuchimoto
Saturday, February 4
17:00-24:00 Performance presentation by workshop participants
Workshop participants (in alphabetical order):
So strap yourselves in and mentally prepare to get uncomfortable. No, no, there's really nothing to be afraid of - It's perfectly safe. Honest. You made it through another Christmas with your family? Then we know you can handle this. If you show up early, we'll even throw in a t-shirt for you saying “I survived a performance art event”.
Fylkingen / Münchenbryggeriet
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