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26.06.2022, 17.30 Uhr | 5.30 pm

SKIP ARNOLD: Untitled (Handrail), May 19, 2018, History is a moment: Pour une définition manifeste de l'Art conference at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, FR © Skip Arnold
SKIP ARNOLD: Shoot Me, September 8, 1990, "An all day activity in which I walked through and visited most of the major Los Angeles areas, i.e. South Central, Echo Park, Venice, Downtown, etc.
Mode of Intent: to see if anyone would shoot me." © Skip Arnold
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SKIP ARNOLD: "Head Shaking #2", 2009, Color, Silent. 3min. 27sec. "Intent: to shake my head so hard and so fast that it would seem like my eyes are standing still." © Skip Arnold
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NIGEL ROLFE: Into the mire, 2011 (Still) © Nigel Rolfe,
"Filmed in August 2011 at the Bog of Allen – a large bog located in the centre of Ireland between the rivers Liffey and Shannon (...). Rolfe frames the back yard ‘bog’ of Ireland in terms of the country’s Euro-economic relations, current poverty crisis and the impending failures of the geopolitical landscape." Royal College of Art,
NIGEL ROLFE: Last Man Standing, 2013, Live Action 8, Gothenburg, Sweden © Nigel Rolfe
SKIP ARNOLD (* 1957 Binghamton, NY, USA) has maintained a transgressive practice of performance, film and installation art. He lives and works in Paris, France. Arnold’s work finds its foundation in the historical canons performance that address and dissect the body politic – confronting the body as politicized, enculturated, but also addressing the body through the lens of humanitarian and ontological inquiries pertaining to strength, endurance, existence, and presence. He has exhibited in numerous international solo and group shows, incl. Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Christine König Galerie, Vienna; Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Aeroplastics, Brussels, ltdt losangales, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle Wien; Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, Galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Unlimited, Art Basel/33. From 1997 on he has taught in Pasadena and Los Angeles (USA), in Paris (F) and Brno (CZ).

NIGEL ROLFE (* 1950, Isle of Wight, UK) is recognized as a seminal figure in performance art. Since 1974 he lives and works in Dublin. Rolfe’s work – spanning from live performance to video, photography and sound – deals with socio-political questions of having and not having, as well as fault lines within society. In the 1970s, before the now commonly used term ‘performance’ entered the discourse, Rolfe coined the term ‘Sculptures in Motion’ to describe his use of time and material. Mayor retrospectives of his work have been held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He has exhibited in the São Paulo, Busan, Venice and Gwangju Biennales and made numerous solo and group shows. Rolfe was Professor of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London, lectured throughout universities in the US and Europe and was visiting professor at Yale University.


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Cologne 23. October 2022, 5:30 pm
Kulturbunker Köln-Mülheim
Berliner Str. 20, 51063 Cologne

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Performance Art series by International Performance Art Archive BLACK KIT | DIE SCHWARZE LADE
October 2022, Cologne

Julie Andrée T. (Canada), Morgan O'Hara (USA/Italy), Tokio Maruyama (Japan), Rocío Boliver (Mexico), Zhou Bin (China), Kurt Johannessen (Norway), Wang ChuYu (China), Sinéad O'Donnell (Ireland), Brian Catling (England), Skip Arnold (USA/France), Nigel Rolfe (Ireland)

Performance Art series from the International Performance Art Archive BLACK KIT | DIE SCHWARZE LADE, 5 events, 10 + 1 international artists in Cologne and Gießen

Idea and Realization: Boris Nieslony & the team of the International Performance Art Archive BLACK KIT | DIE SCHWARZE LADE
NIGEL ROLFE: Burning (In the Tree of Life), 2019,  Running Time: 60secs, Touch Nature-Extinction Rebellion © Nigel Rolfe,
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