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 town’s mining past ran. 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 lecture that serves as a reminder of the hardship of mining.
About the Artist
Tero Nauha is an artist and the professor in Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS), Uniarts Helsinki. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Academy of Finland funded postdoctoral research project ‘How To Do Things With Performance?’, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2017.
In 2015, he published his first fiction novel Heresy & Provocation for a Swedish publishing house Förlaget.
His primary research interests include the relationships between economics, artistic research, performative practices and writing. It focuses on the complex narratives that tie together global financialization and its effect on the social sphere and the cultural knowledge production.
Information on his work can be found on Tero’s website.