Performance Workshop: DISCOMFORT

WHEN: Saturday, 25 November at 10am-5pm

WHO: Everyone! Experience or special skills are not required.

HOW MUCH: 300 NOK. Free for members of PAB, art students and artists from BLOKK

WHAT to bring: Comfortable clothes & shoes for inside practice, warm outdoor clothes for outside practice, lunch (we offer coffee/tea and snacks)

RSVP: send an e-mail ASAP to Final deadline Saturday 18 November


led by Hans Christian van Nijkerk & Hiroko Tsuchimoto

25 November 2017 @ Gamle Bergen
Co-production with BLOKK
Supported by Nordic Culture Point

1. Mental or bodily distress.
2. Something that disturbs one’s comfort; an annoyance. 
3. To cause annoyance or distress to.
4. Make (someone) feel uneasy, anxious, or embarrassed.

A prevalent tendency in the times we live in are the many possibilities that facilitate avoiding discomfort.
Noise-cancelling headphones – freedom from undesirable sounds -, the “echo chambers” of online discussion (Great: avoiding other people who disagree with you), how the internet is only displaying search results that it thinks you will like (Because you listened to X, our algorithms have calculated you should like Y), the frequent pampering and over-protection of today’s children, “trigger warnings” (over-protection for adults?), the endless possibilities of smartphones (Avoid being bored), the hand-holding in many modern video games (avoid getting lost), participation trophies… the list goes on.

About the workshop:

This 1-day workshop will be mostly practical, introducing the participants to different ways to work with performance art and “discomfort” being the overriding subject. The bulk of the workshop will consist of various assignments and exercises to enable the participants to grow as performers.
The goal of the workshop is to investigate the subject of discomfort through the medium of performance art. To let the participants experiment in the studio and in public while also giving them tools to confidently pursue their own performance work.

RSVP: before Sunday 19 November

About Organizers

Hans Christian van Nijkerk (b. 1982) is a Norwegian / Dutch artist living in Bergen. After studying art at KIB and earning a bachelor in contemporary art from the Tromsø Art Academy, he now works mainly with performance art, with video, sound, photography and music on the side. Since 2015, he has performed abroad in 5 other countries. He has organized performance art events as a member of Performance Art Bergen and BLOKK.
About his work he writes:
“I use the art of performing as a tool to explore subjects and ideas that capture and hold my interest. My audience is often expected to give direct feedback on my performances or even participate and thereby perform in them, making them part of the work or even comprising the work itself. I enjoy 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. Using humor, be it sarcasm, irony, wit or all out silliness, is an effective method I often employ to reach my audiences.
In addition to performance, I also work with video art and photography. In this work, my focus is to observe familiar situations from an unfamiliar perspective.”

Hiroko Tsuchimoto (b.1984) Hiroko Tsuchimoto is a visual/performance artist based in Stockholm. She holds an MFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, and she also studied at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Going back and forth between ethnographic curiosity and critical distance, Tsuchimoto investigates the cultural constructions of personal and collective identity. She approaches sites, situations, and people with both critical eyes and a disinterested gaze in her artistic practice. She also uses her self-representation as analytical tool towards social problems of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality. Tsuchimoto gathers controversial issues as subject matters and explores how to expose unapparent power structures in sociocultural contexts. By observing, listening, and collaborating, she collects inspiration and research materials and weaves them into live performance pieces. She facilitates times and spaces where people can perceive humorous, uncomfortable, and disorienting feelings. She frequently formulates occasions for audiences to experience collective consciousness through physical and interactive exercises. She appreciates both affirmative and negative reactions to her works from the public, as her intention is to give them memorable emotional experiences that leave them with “question marks” about the invisible issues in our contemporary society.