Adam Young

Work with Live Art Danmark
2015: Samtalekøkken, Royal Theatre School, Copenhagen.

On the sixth of June 2015, Adam Young performed at our Samtalekøkken at the Royal Theater School in Copenhagen. Or actually he didn’t. He performed somewhere near a park in Leeds. His performance was broadcasted live via Skype to our event. While Adam performed, there was dead silence amongst the young acting students. Many of them literally sat with open mouths – they had never seen anything like this before! Most of us concentrated on watching a good performance. Adam chewed a whole packet of chewing gum and worked with a big hammer. He had paid 34 pounds for these materials (it was a very nice hammer).

We had paid exactly the same amount for his performance on Ebay, where we had bought it through AUCTION ACHTUNG! – a brokering service for Live Artists to sell their work on an open and global market, accompanied by a live event at the Month of Performance Art MPA-B in Berlin, on 5th May 2014, which Adam had co-organised.

During his 34 minute-performance he spat out the chewing gum and hit it with the hammer. Then he rested on a park bench with the hammer taped to his mouth. Watching the performance on Skype was possibly even better than witnessing it live, because the Skype transmission added several additional layers. The atmosphere in our room was dense. Were we allowed to watch the performance? Was it performed just for us? Were we being watched? Who was watching us? We said hi to one person, saw another one pass on a bike, and some people who quickly disappeared.  It felt strange to watch. We, the Copenhagen audience, shared the feeling that we where performing for someone unknown. This uncanny situation was in a sharp contrast to Adam Young sitting quietly on a park Bench somewhere near a park in Leeds.

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Om 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.