Work for Live Art Denmark
2012: “Life in Bytom” at Samtalekøkken
Life in Bytom
Tero Nauha presented a performance from an ongoing series about capitalism, which he developed during a residency in the small Polish mining town of Bytom. He worked with a simple set up of two tables, two speakers and a projection screen in the back, where a slide show of images from the mining past runs. Dressed all in black he reports about his work in and about Bytom. So far, everything looks like a scholarly lecture. But while he speaks, Tero moves a small pile of pieces of coal with his mouth across his desk, and later on to the floor, adding an element of uneasyness to his performance that serves as a reminder of the hardship of mining.
About the Artist
Tero Nauha is a performance artist, professor in Performance Art and Theory (LAPS) at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, and a fellow at the postdoctoral research project ‘How To Do Things With Performance?’, funded by the Academy of Finland. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2017. He defended his doctoral research at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki in January 2016. In 2015, he published his first fiction novel “Heresy & Provocation” for Swedish publishing house Förlaget.
Information on his work can be found on Tero’s website.