Artist
Boris Nieslony

b. 1945, Germany

www.blackkit.org
www.performanceartarchive.com

Boris Nieslony has worked intensively as a performance artist, curator, archivist and independent scholar, staging various installations, interventions and artist projects since the 1970s. He is the founder of Black Market International, a performance group that meets regularly in various configurations to realize group performance projects, and ASA, a foundation for a self-organizing rhizomatic network of performance artists and theorists. Today, Boris Nieslony is recognized as one of the most prolific and significant contributors to performance art, presenting his work around the world.

Performance
Four Nature Studies by Boris Neislony

Working in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Toronto, FADO is pleased to present an artist talk and new performance work featuring Boris Nieslony, one of Germany’s foremost performance artists.

Boris Nieslony creates unpredictable and unrepeatable improvisational performance works that manifest “an encounter and its effects.” Responding to local circumstances, Nieslony develops images attuned to the moment, rigorously searching for the truth of self-recognition at the intersection of history and live presence. His impressive performance style stems from the motto “life is art enough.”

The decision on how a performance will transpire is mostly made when the artist is already on stage. Nieslony describes his process: “One small bag filled with helpful objects and photos will accompany me and I will attend them. Even people and certain materials from a given environment can appeal to me as support for my ideas.”

Boris Nieslony’s Canadian tour is a joint project of FADO, grunt Gallery in Vancouver, and Open Space in Victoria.

Artist Talk with Boris Neislony

Thanks to the Goethe Institut in Toronto for hosting this very special artist talk with performance artist Boris Neislony. This artist talk accompanies a new performance entitled, Four Nature Studies.

Artist Talk with Boris Neislony
November 17, 2003 @ 6:00pm
Goethe-Institut Toronto, 163 King Street West, Toronto

Four Nature Studies by Boris Neislony
November 18, 2003 @ 8:00pm
Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Avenue, Toronto