Boris Nieslony & Gerhard Dirmoser
Performance-Art Context, A0 size map.
Boris Nieslony & Gerhard Dirmoser, Performance Art Context. Courtesy of the artists.
BORIS NIESLONY (born 1945 in Grimma, Germany) is a performance artist, researcher and archivist based in Cologne. He is the founder of the ASA Art Service Association, as well as one of the founding members of the art group Black Market International (BMI). GERHARD DIRMOSER is an Austrian artist and system analyst based in Linz, researching primarily semantic networks.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK 2014 exhibits Performance-Art Context, A0 size map. Over the period of fifteen years, Nieslony and Dirmoser have been researching material and concluded with a complex semantic map that shows an impressive amount of visible and invisible connections between categories, theories, movements, methodologies and more references with Performance Art. A context of life, social relations, society, arts of humanities, philosophy, personal identities and body examinations conjure to about ninety definitions of Performance Art and Performing Arts, through hundred of names of artists and from literature. The viewer can submerge him/herself through this map (which comes with a magnifying glass) into a cosmos of relations and influences.
Boris Nieslony is present to offer the viewer the opportunity to continue the map, to add new elements to it, and to discuss arrangements and relations.
Courtesy of the artists.