Wen Lee (SK)

Wen Lee Lee Wen is a Singaporean performance artist on social identity themes, and best known for his Yellow Man performances. Painting his own body with bright yellow poster paint, he expresses an exaggerated symbol of his ethnic identity as a citizen of Singapore. He is also a member of The Artists Village (TAV), and part of the Black Market performance collective. Lee Wen studied in the now defunct Kim Keat Primary School and Raffles Institution. After finishing his A levels, he worked as a logistics officer, a computer operator and a bank officer. In 1988 Lee Wen left behind his banking career to enrol at the Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts at […]

Marco Teubner (DE)

Marco Teubner Formed with Helge Meyer the Performance Art Group System HM2T in 1998. Meyer performed in festivals like Exit in Finland, in Italy, at Aozora Art in Japan, Open Art festival in China, PiPaf in the Philippines and intensively in Canada and the USA. Helge Meyer works parallel with Black Market, System HM2T and solo. He owns a diploma in Cultural Studies (University of Hildesheim, Germany). He is a writer for art magazines like Inter (Canada) and teaches performance art workshops and theoretical classes. As a researcher he is interested in questions of pain, duo work, cooperation and the history of images. In 2007 he finished a doctoral thesis about […]

Elvira Santamaria (MX)

Elvira Santamaria Elvira Santamaría was born (1967) in Mexico. Since 1991 she has showed her work in public spaces, museums, galleries and theatres of Mexico, Canada, USA and cities like Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Australia, etc. At the moment, she continuous developing her artwork, giving workshops, talks and organizing performance art events in Mexico and other countries. Her works are a personal search by means of many forms of action art (chamber performance, public interventions, process installation etc). Nowadays she is realizing urban actions and interventions, process art and In-situ installations. She is a member of Black Market International At Kulstof 15 she also performed “Shadow self-portrait” http://elvirasantamariatorres.co.uk/en/

Jacques van Poppel (NL)

Jacques van Poppel Jacques van Poppel started his career as a performer in music. He was playing electric violin in different (mainly experimental) music-groups such as “Electric Paranoid Era”, “Lazarus” and “Blue Sound”. In 1974 “Blue Sound” was  winner of “Jazz Bilzen”. In his performances since 1981, Van Poppel creates a radical narrative based on working with ordinary objects and related to his “street-wise”, personal life and individuality. He invents a situation, which breaks preconceived assumptions of art, and welcome an intimacy with the audience. Some unexpected things he would do include putting up a tent in a gallery space or distribute cans of beer or offer packets of tidbits […]

Boris Nieslony (DE)

Boris Nieslony During his career as a performance artist Boris Nieslony has also taken the role of event organiser and researcher, going this three activities very much together in its essence. He has been always politically and social compromised and his whole life has been, and actually is, really devoted to this artistic manifestation. He was co-founder of the Kunstlerhaus Hamburg in 1977 and in 1978 of the Kleinen Ausstellungsraum, which was developed as a space to continually show installation and performance art in Germany. In 1981 he created numerous live art situations such as “Das Konzil”, were 70 people were confronted with each other in a performance event, sitting […]

Jürgen Fritz (DE)

Jürgen Fritz Jürgen Fritz is co-founder of Black Market International, since the beginning of this international Cooperation of Performance Artists with whom he works since 1985. He showed his performances in all countries of Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico Asia and Australia. Since 2012 he lives as free lance artist in Hanau, Germany. He is co- founder of the International Performance Association (IPAH, registered association) and artistic director of the festival of performance art ZOOM!, co-founder and co-organizer of the Platform for Young Performance Artists and the IPA Summer. Since 1995 he is a lecturer in performance art at different Universities in Germany. At Kulstof 15 he showed the performance […]

Roi Vaara (FI)

Roi Vaara Roi Vaara is one of the most internationally recognized performance artists in Scandinavia. He was born in 1953 in Moss (Norway), but grew up in Helsinki, Finland, where he has caused constant controversy in the art world since the early 80s. His critical point of view is not to attract public sensation but to challenge the way we are looking at things. At Kulstof 15 he presented the performance “Wet Paint Handshake” Vaara studied in the University of Art and Design in Helsinki (1972-75)  and went on to study in Jyvaskyla University (1976-77). He is one of the founders of Muu ry (1987), an artist-run interdisciplinary association in Finland […]

Helge Meyer (DE)

Helge Meyer Formed the Performance Art Group System HM2T (with Marco Teubner) in 1998. Since 2000 Meyer is associated with the international association Black Market International. He performed in festivals like Exit in Finland, in Italy, at Aozora Art in Japan, Open Art festival in China, PiPaf in the Philippines and intensively in Canada and the USA. Helge Meyer works parallel with Black Market, System HM2T and solo. Meyer owns a diploma in Cultural Studies (University of Hildesheim, Germany). He is a writer for art magazines like Inter (Canada) and teaches performance art workshops and theoretical classes. As a researcher he is interested in questions of pain, duo work, cooperation and […]

Alastair McLennan (UK)

Alastair MacLennan Alastair MacLennan (born 1943 in Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) is one of Britain’s major practitioners of live art. Since 1975, he is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a founder member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange. He is member of the performance art collective Black Market International (BMI). He studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design of the University of Dundee in 1960-65. 1966-68 he received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago. He now is Emeritus Professor in Fine Art, University of Ulster in Belfast, Honorary Fellow of the Dartington College of Arts, […]