3 Feb 2017 - 18:30 - 20:00
4 Feb 2017 - 17:00 - 5 Feb 2017 - 00:00

Image: Hans Christian van Nijkerk, *Treningsleiren / The Athletics Training Camp* (Video, 2014).


3-day performance workshop & 2 performance events led by Hans Christian van Nijkerk & Hiroko Tsuchimoto

Co-production with NKF, Nordic Art Association & Fylkingen

DISCOMFORT performance event #1, Performance by Hans Christian van Nijkerk & Hiroko Tsuchimoto on Friday, February 3rd (18:30 - 20:00)

DISCOMFORT performance event #2, Performances by workshop participants on Saturday, February 4th (17:00 - 0:00)

Performance art can often bring about a feeling of discomfort, both for the
performing artist and for the audience watching the performance. The
audience cannot know exactly what will transpire, whether they will be
confronted with something they’d rather not see, risk wasting their time on
a potentially boring durational piece or even the terrifying prospect of
having to participate. The performing artist can never fully anticipate how
the audience will react and may be unsure exactly how the work will
function (especially if the work is unscripted), working from a place of
responding to the situation there and then.

DISCOMFORT is a project by Hans Christian van Nijkerk and Hiroko Tsuchimoto. They are organizing a 3-day performance workshop with this topic at Fylkingen between February 2nd -4th. They will be showing the results of their collaboration in the form of a performance event at Fylkingen. The participants of the workshop will present their works in the same venue the following day.

About the artists:

Hans Christian van Nijkerk (NO/NL – lives in Bergen, Norway) is currently on a residency at Nordic Guest Studio (NKF – Nordic Art Association - Malongen) where he is doing a collaboration with performance artist Hiroko Tsuchimoto (JP/SE – lives in Stockholm)

Hans Christian van Nijkerk works primarily with performance art. His audiences are often expected to give direct feedback on his performances or even participate, making them an integral part of the work or even comprising the work itself. He enjoys performing at unconventional sites in public spaces, where audience reaction is often very different from a
traditional stage: less predictable, less polite. This also presents the challenge of working with negative feedback, or with no feedback at all from unwilling or unaware audiences.



Hiroko Tsuchimoto’s works can be described as political, in the sense that they problematize our views and actions. In her performances she investigates the cultural construction of authority, borders and dichotomies. Through pushing and pulling her audience, she divides the visitors according to arbitrary systems, like nationality, fortunetelling
or phrenology. The arrangements are carried out in silence, with body- and eye contact as means of communication. This leaves the spectators with a funny, disorienting feeling, bordering on uneasiness.




Friday, February 3rd

18:30 Doors and Bar open

19:00-19:45 Performance by Hans Christian van Nijkerk and Hiroko Tsuchimoto

Saturday, February 4th

17:00-0:00 Performance presentation by workshop participants

Workshop participants (in alphabetical order):

Alen Ksoll

Binyam Haile

Camilla Wellton

Emma Clayton

Erik Thörnqvist

Ezra Benus

Frida Sandström

Iivi Meltaus

Kimiya Faghih

Louise Stiernström

Malin Ståhl

Noah Hellwig

Sonia Sagan

Talia Gallegos Fadda

Tony Karlsson

So strap yourselves in and mentally prepare to get uncomfortable. No, no, there's really nothing to be afraid of - It's perfectly safe. Honest. You made it through another christmas with your family? Then we know you can handle this. If you show up early, we'll even throw in a t-shirt for you saying "I survived a performance art event".


Free admission