Rúrí | Stockholm, Sweden
Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole (SWE), Jessie Kleemann (GR), Harold Offeh (UK), Katarina Pirak-Sikku (Sápmi), Florence Peake & Eve Stainton (UK), Rúrí (ICE), Malin Ståhl (SWE) Anita Wernström (SWE)
Faculty of Action
Färgfabrikken, Lövholmsbrinken 1, 117 43 Stockholm, Sweden
October 19th – 21st
“Breaking norms is the norm of performance”
Diana Taylor, Professor of performance studies
Faculty of Action is an exhibition that consists of performance works and takes place on the top floor of Färgfabriken during three consecutive days. In addition to these performances there will also host workshops and a seminar.
The exhibition is about being in the room; being present here and now, and for visitors to experience the art as temporary, shifting and dynamic. In this sense, Faculty of Action is a unique exhibition experience with eight performance artworks occuring simultaneously or overlapping with one another. Here, we make room for performance as an artform – while creating a space where the artwork represents a whole, rather than parts of a program. Faculty of Action wants to highlight the potential of contemporary performance art and it’s power to explore the unknown in different ways.
On Sunday the 21st of October an international seminar will be held, with a discussion on what types of spaces are being given to performance today and how performance can take place as an art form.
Both the exhibition and the seminar aim to investigate the current position of performance art on the global and local contemporary art scene; while creating and testing the shapes of a temporary space for an art form that is in transition. The art space and the public programme, together with the new catalogue, become a platform for dialogue.
About the artist
Rúrí, who lives and works in Reykjavik, has long been one of Iceland’s most distinguished artists. She works with everything from large-scale works in landscape to photography, sculpture and multimedia, but performance art has a prominent role in her production. Environmental degradation and politics are recurring subjects, in parallel with an overall interest in time, relativity and the volatility. Her works are conceptual but at the same time express sensory experiences. Rúrí’s works are represented in many private and public collections in Iceland and internationally and she has participated in a large number of individual and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2003 she represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale.