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).


Photo: Peter Lind

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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.