Black Market International
Work with Live Art Denmark
2015: group performance at Kulstof 15, Nordkraft, Aalborg
For a long durational group performance, members of the legendary performance collective (not a group!) Black Market International took over the vast hall of Nordkraft, a former coal fired power plant. Starting with a selection from their huge archive of helpful objects and action-images, amassed in more than 30 yeas of common practice, they quietly set out to act and interact, shape the atmosphere and temperature of the space for the given time of six hours. As always with Black Market, there is no theme or content beyond the basic idea of creating encounters between humans as art.
About the Artists
The title Black Market International does not designate a group or a collective, but rather an idea of working together. The aim is to promote an open and free exchange of ideas, and to achieve an “Kunst der Begegnung” (Art of Encountering). For more than 30 years, the influential group has presented durational collective performances worldwide. The movement was founded as Market Project in 1985 in Poznan (Poland) by Boris Nieslony, Zygmunt Piotrowski, Tomas Ruller and Jürgen Fritz. For the first European tour in 1986 the name Black Market was adopetd. In 1990/91, accompanying changes in the membership, Black Market International emerged, roughly in its present shape. In 2014, the group consisted of twelve regular members, each one with an established and independent practice as a solo performance artist: Jürgen Fritz, Germany; Norbert Klassen, Switzerland (died 2011); Miriam Laplante, Italy; Alastair MacLennan, UK; Helge Meyer, Germany; Boris Nieslony, Germany; Jacques Maria van Poppel, Netherlands; Elvira Santamaria, Mexico; Marco Teubner, Germany; Julie Andree T., Canada; Roi Vaara, Finland; Lee Wen, Singapore (died 2019).
Some info can be found on this webpage.