Publication Launch

9Questions: an artists book by Gustaf Broms

Thursday / Oct 4 / 18
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto
FREE, all welcome

Launched in the context of the 12th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art
Gustaf Broms

FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to announce the forthcoming 9Questions: an artists book by Gustaf Broms. 9Questions will be launched in Toronto in the context of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, during the festival's annual Publications and Multiples Launch.

Gustaf Broms will be in attendance, as well as contributing artists Arahmaiani (Indonesia), Shannon Cochrane (Toronto), Paul Couillard (Toronto), Johanna Householder (Toronto), Tanya Mars (Toronto) and Elvira Santamaría-Torres (Mexico/N.Ireland).

Copies will be available at the launch, and on-line on the FADO and Centre for Orgchaosmik Studies websites after October 4.

an artists book by Gustaf Broms

9 questions asked of 49 artists

In 2014, Swedish performance and visual artist Gustaf Broms composed a list of nine questions that he started to circulate to fellow performance artists—many he had a personal connection with and many more he had never even met. The questions covered a range of paired concepts—the bricks and mortar of performance practice (including Material/object, Audience/receiver, Sound/silence, Time/rhythm, Space/emptiness)—and grounded by questions about personal experience, lineage and language.

The impulse to gather this collection arose from a conversation Broms had had with another artist; but what makes this volume first and foremost an artist’s book is that the questions are asked from the specific perspective of Broms’ deep personal understanding that, as a practice, performance resides at the permeable borders between the conscious and subconscious, and the meeting of the concrete world of form and the spiritual realm. For Broms, these are the essential questions. The responses collected are as diverse and wide-ranging as the artists and their own approaches, from the practical, to the abstract to the simply far-flung, in addition to some reassuring and surprising overlapping ideas and connections.

The roster of participants in the 9Questions book project is an impressive array of international performance artists whose work covers a range of performance and performative multi-disciplinary approaches.

Adina Bar-On
Alastair MacLennan
Andrea Saemann
Antoni Karwowski
Artur Tajber
Barbara T. Smith
Bartolomé Ferrando
Boris Nieslony
Brian Connolly
Dorothea Rust
Elvira Santamaria-Torres
Esther Ferrer
Fausto Grossi
Guadalupe Neves
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Gustaf Broms
He Yunchang
hermann nitsch
Irma Optimist
Jamie McMurry
Jill Orr
Johanna Householder
John Duncan
Kurt Johannessen
Leif Elggren
Linda Mary Montano
Macarena Perich Rosas
Margaret Dragu
Mariel Carranza
Marilyn Arsem
Martha Wilson
Monika Günther & Ruedi Schill
Myriam Laplante
Nigel Rolfe
Nobuo Kubota
Paul Couillard
Pekka Kainulainen
Rocio Boliver
Roi Vaara
Ron Athey
Serge Olivier Fokoua
Shannon Cochrane
Tanya Mars
Tehching Hsieh
Tomas Ruller
Valentin Torrens
Zbigniew Warpechowski
Zhu Ming

an artists book project by Gustaf Broms

9 questions asked of 49 artist

Published by FADO Performance Art Centre and Centre for Orgchaosmik Studies
Edited by Gustaf Broms and Shannon Cochrane
Translations by Paula Alvarado, Robert Rowley, Nicolas Scrutton, Tomasz Szrama, Jie Wang
Design: Lisa Kiss Design

978-0-9730883-4-2 (FADO Performance Art Centre, Canada)
978-91-639-8460-0 (Centre for Orgchaosmik Studies, Sweden)
Cost: $20.00 (Canadian)

This publication project is supported by Stiftelsen Längmanska kulturfonden. FADO Performance Art Centre acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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