Kurt Johannessen

Works for Live Art Denmark
2012: Performance at Samtalekøkken
2015: Two Performances at Live Art for Kids 2 in Scania.

Performance
The performance Kurt presented at our Samtalekøkkenet in October 2012 can be read as a study in flies and spiders. As you can witness in the video below, Kurt engages in performance art in the most classic sense of the word, placing and exploring his materials with utmost care and attention. Suspense is created by the intricate relations between his calm movements and the carefully chosen objects – small glass bowls and dead insects among them – that he displays in the impressive historical space of Nikolaj Kunsthal in central Copenhagen. If you want to show what performance art looks like to somebody who never heard of it, this video might do the trick.

Two Performances for Children
Kurt proved that his style of performing also works very well for young audiences, when he performed at our Live Art for Kids 2 festivals in Malmö and Landskrona for utterly fascinated kids.

Photo: Ellen Friis

Photo: Ellen Friis

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Photo: Ellen Friis

Photo: Ellen Friis

Photo: Ellen Friis

As a way to engage the children in discussions about what they had seen, we asked them to draw the performances. This drawing of one of Kurt’s performances is among our all time favorites.

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Photo: Ellen Friis

About the Artist
Kurt Johannessen is a Norwegian performance legend with 30 years of practice. He mostly works in performance and installation art. He also publishes works of poetry and artist’s books. Today he is one of Scandinavia’s major performance artists and is prominent on the international scene. Since the beginning of the 1980s he has produced approximately 160 different works and has had more than 300 presentations all over the world. His work is characterized by a minimalist and poetic presence. In 2007 the Oslo contemporary art centre, Kunstnernes Hus, presented a major retrospective on his work.

More info about Kurt’s manifold projects can be found on his 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.