Jörn Burmester Wium
Works with Live Art Denmark
2009 “My Last Performance” for the launch of our book about the Berliner Luft festivals
2011 DIVA Artist in residence, “Performance Art is live, Theatre ist Death”
2011 “Random Rants”, Acts festival Roskilde
2011 “Rambo Revisionist” at Samtalekøkken
2014 “Teotwawki” and presentation of Performer Stammtisch at Hitparaden 2
My Last Performance
When we presented the book about our four Berliner Luft festivals at Warehouse 9 in November 2009, Jörn performed “My Last Performance”. Reading from 200 index cards what “this, his last performance” should or should not contain, explore, deal with and address, he created a personal performance in the mind of each spectator. However, “My Last Performance” was not his last performance for Live Art Denmark.
Performance art is life. Theatre ist Death
In 2011 we invited Jörn to stay in Copenhagen, for a three month residency as part of the Danish Visiting International Artists program. He performed his piece “Performance art is life. Theater is death.” at one of our Samtalekøkken. In this piece, he goes back to the beginnings of his life as an artist, to theatre. Random samples form a large collection of anecdotes, musings and ideas about theatre and performance art, combined with life actions, are performed according to the wishes and interests of the audience. Each text or action contains several “links” to other parts of this random biography, and the audience gets to decide which one the piece follows. Following this random dramaturgy makes sure that each audience gets to see their own, unique version of the performance.
During the residency, Jörn developed his piece “Randon Rants”, which became the basis for a series of performances. On each of the 100 days of the residency, he published a note about something that is wrong with the world on Facebook. They are still there. Printouts of all the notes and comments that accumulated in this archive of greivances and nuisances became the material of the first performance of the series, presented at the ACTS festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde in May 2011 with a lot of more ranting and liberal use of fluids. All the wrongness became a large object during this performance.
During the residency, Matthias Borello wrote this article on kunsten.nu about Jörn and his work (sorry, in Danish only).
Jörn’s solo work began in 2001 with a series of performance lectures on the war in Afghanistan, the Rambo Lectures, which used the Sylvester Stallone movie Rambo III to attempt new readings of the world situation after the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. In some of the performances he was joined by Florian Feigl. Ten years later, they revisited the issue of war and politics in a completely different world, and the format of the performance lecture after massive shifts of their artistic interests with the collaborative duo performance “Rambo Revisionist”. Meanwhile two older men, they once again stir up the poisonous mix of violence, media and entertainment.
Together with Florian Feigl and Mark Boombastik he returned to Copenhagen for our Hitparaden 2 festival at Pumpehuset September 2014. They presented Teotwawki, a piece about prepper movement, a largely North American counterculture of people who prepare for the end of the world. It is a dark and loud vision of various ends of civilisation and what they might do to people.
Jörn was a part of the Samtalekøkken we hosted at IETM in Copenhagen in 2012.
At Hitparaden 2 he and Florian Feigl presented “Performer Stammtisch”, a forum for the dissemination and discussion of performance art that they had founded and run between 2003 and 2013 in Berlin. Performer Stammtisch was a model that inspired our Samtalekøkken.
About the Artist
Jörn came to performance art through independent theatre and pursuing a university degree in Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen and New York City. Still mobile between genres, today his passion is performance art in all it’s manifestations. He devises and shows solo works and collaborates with a variety of partners and groups worldwide. The use of text as a material in performance art has been central to many of his pieces. With his latest performances, Vier Übungen and the Colorbox series, he has taken a pronounced turn towards the visual.
Organising and curating performance art is an integral part of his artistic practice. Burmester was the founder and host of Performer Stammtisch, a Berlin network of performance artists, a member of the organising team of the Month of Performance Art – Berlin, a showcase of performance and life art, and is a founding member of APAB e.V., the Association for Performance Art in Berlin.
After moving to Copenhagen in 2018, he founded B&W Art and Support together with his wife Dorte Burmester Wium to pursue common projects in the visual and the performing arts.
See more on the artist’s website.