Helge Meyer


Helge Meyer has been presenting solo, duo and collaborative performance art in Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, Australia and the USA since 1998. He is one half of the performance art group System HM2T with Marco Teubner (established in 1998) and since 2000 he has been performing as a member of Black Market International. Meyer teaches performance art workshops and theoretical classes at the University of Hildesheim and High School in Germany. As a researcher he is interested in questions of pain, cooperation and the history of images. In 2008 he received his PhD in Art Science/Art History from the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Germany, publishing his dissertation as a book that same year.

Pneumatic Vision: Cut by Helge Meyer

Curated and presented by FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of the 9th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

Pneumatic Vision: Cut by Helge Meyer

Every breath has its own quality. Once you breathe in, there is no chance to control what is going inside your body. If you transform the idea of breathing into a question about the content of philosophical values, is it the same? Once you “inhaled” an idea, there is no chance of re-questioning the content? Is religion a drug? Do we still need to know about sins? What is a sin? Maybe the answer is to be found if the black water is inhaled…

This new performance work of Helge Meyer deals with the idea of breathing as a visible sign of being alive. The performer is searching for poetic images that make the fragility of human existence obvious.

The Toronto Performance Art Collective (TPAC) is a not-for-profit, artist-driven collective that curates and produces the 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art—English Canada’s oldest ongoing biennial of performance art. 7a11d was established in 1997 by a group of performance artists, collectives, and organizers, eager to develop a forum for performance art in Toronto. The first 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art took place in August 1997 and presented the work of 60 local, national and international artists. The 8th edition of the festival takes place from October 21–31, 2010.

Performance Art Daily: Artist Talk with Helge Meyer
October 22, 2010 @ 12:00pm–2:00pm
Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto

© Helge Meyer, Pnuematic Vision: Cut, 2010. Photo Henry Chan.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer