In this lecture, renowned performance artist Boris Nieslony will talk about the performance art archive the Black Kit in Cologne, which he started in 1981. Exploring how such an endeavour generates theoretical and practical knowledge, Nieslony will share how the archive has amassed documentation pertaining to over 4,000 artists, theorists, groups, networks, non-profit organisation, artist-run spaces, as well as specific local and international performance projects, including in public space. In response to the Independent Archive established in Singapore by Lee Wen, Nieslony will also touch upon the importance of creating networks worldwide to support each other’s efforts and exchange valuable information and knowledge.
Boris Nieslony(Germany) has worked intensively as a performance artist, curator, archivist, and independent scholar, staging various installations, interventions, and artist projects since the 1970s. He is the Founder of Black Market International, a performance group that meets regularly in various configurations to realise group performance projects. And also the instigator of the ASA Foundation, a platform for a self-organising rhizomatic network of performance artists and theorists. Nieslony is recognised as one of the most prolific and significant contributors to performance art. He creates unpredictable and unrepeatable improvisational performance works that manifest “an encounter and its effects.”
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