Boris Nieslony

Work for Live Art Denmark
2015 “Nature Study” at Kulstof 15, Aalborg

Nature Study
Boris began his performance observing a row of seven fairly large stones that previously had been installed in a line across a narrow street. He preoceeded to move the stones along the street one by one in different ways. Some were held close to his body, in the crook of his arm, others  balanced on his head or on the back of the neck and upper back. Occasionally the sharp sound of a rock crashing on pavement segmented the slow, meditative action. Temporary sculptures occurred: Boris placing a stone on the ground, laying his shaved head on it. Finally carefully placing another stone on the side of his head. The resulting small tower remained in place for a few moments, then the top rock dropped to the ground, rolled away, emitting a distinctive sound. Small events like this became meaningful by the utter focus and concentration they were carried out with.

About the Artist
Boris Nielsony devoted his entire life to artistic manifestation. During his career as a performance artist, he often also took on the roles of event organiser and researcher. All three activities essentially become one in his work.

Boris was a co-founder of the Künstlerhaus Hamburg in 1977 and the Kleiner Ausstellungsraum in 1978. The latter weas one of the first spaces to continuously show installation and performance art in Germany. In 1981 he created numerous live art situations such as “Das Konzil”, confronting 70 people with each other, sitting around a large table and performing day and night.

In May 1982 he repeated “Das Konzil” in the form of a secluded 30 days performance, followed by an open live situation inside of two overseas containers located frist in a street and in a theatre space later. During this performance event he developed the idea to create the Performance Art Network, which still exists today. This research and service project compiles information about alternative art spaces and projects, collects materials for developing ideas and performance projects, and amasses one of the biggest performance art archives in Europe.

_DSC4673

Together with a group of international artists Boris founded the work group Black Market International in 1985, which has since organised performance art events around the world. In 1991 they created The Black Market International Philosophical Statement “Network and its Structure”, aiming to enable performance art in every moment, free from all forces of habit.

Find massive amounts of performance-philosophical writings on Boris’ website.

Om liveart_dk

Liveart.dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.