In response to the presentation in The Lab, Journey of a Yellow Man. Selected Materials from the Independent Archive, Boris Nieslony will develop a performance in collaboration with Singaporean artist Lee Wen. Based on collaborative working methods of the Black Market International, which Nieslony co-founded in 1985 and of which Lee Wen is a member, the aim will be to promote an open and free exchange of ideas to achieve an “art of encounter.”
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 Co-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.”
Lee Wen (Singapore) was awarded the Cultural Medallion of Singapore in 2009. He entered the art scene comparatively late in the 1980s, but quickly gained attention. His early practice was associated with The Artists Village in Singapore and later forged a more individuated artistic career. Lee Wen has been exploring different strategies of time-based and performance art since 1989. He helped initiate both R.I.T.E.S. (Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak) (2009-) and Future of Imagination (2003-), an international performance art event. Since 2012, he has taken an active interest in the memory of Singapore’s performance art history through the initiation of the Independent Archive. Recent group exhibitions include SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, The National Arts Centre and Mori Art Museum, Japan (2017), Secret Archipelago, Palais de Tokyo, France (2015) and a solo show at the Singapore Art Museum (2012). Lee Wen was an NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence from August 2014 to February 2015.
A public programme of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.
Image credit: Black Market International 13th Bone Festival, Berne, Switzerland, 2010 Jürgen Fritz, Norbert Klassen, Myriam Laplante, Lee Wen, Alastair MacLennan, Helge Meyer, Boris Nieslony, Jacques van Poppel, Julie-Andrée T., Marco Teubner, Elvira Santamaria Torres, and Roi Vaara. Courtesy Lee Wen.