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 about how the archive keeps growing, amassing documentation pertaining to over 4000 artists, theorists, groups, networks, non-profit organisation, and 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.”
A public programme of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.
Image credit: Boris Nieslony and Black Market International (BMI), Action on Route, Mexico City, 2003. Photo by Antonio Juarez. Courtesy BMI.