Performance series by 

the International Performance Art Archive


June through October 2022 

Kulturbunker Köln-Mülheim, Berliner Str. 20, 51063 Cologne, Germany

Kunsthalle Gießen GOES Unterer Hardthof 7, 35398 Giessen, Germany

The International Performance Art Archive BLACK KIT | DIE SCHWARZE LADE contains information on about 4000 artists, thousands of photos, books, relics and videos. From June to October, it invites ten top international artists of performance art to Cologne. What will happen in the encounter?

On each of the five dates, two performance artists who have not yet worked together will meet for several days. What energies and patterns are at work in the performative practice when different performances create references to each other, even though the personal intentions of the artists involved are contradictory? And yet it is the decisive spark of performance art that crosses boundaries. Physical encounters, out of which networks emerge, are the connecting link.

Black Kit’s archive team seeks to investigate this sparking potential and invites performance artists in whose performances – we believe – stringent work-related antagonisms become visible. The Rhineland, which has been a center of performance art since the 1950s, will once again present performances at a top international level with this event series in 2022.

Idea and Realization: Boris Nieslony and the team of BLACK KIT | DIE SCHWARZE LADE

Skip Arnold (USA/F)
Nigel Rolfe (IRE)
Online Screening
26. June 2022, 5:30 pm

Julie Andrée T. (CAN)
Morgan O’Hara (USA/IT)
Cologne 24. July 2022, 5:30 pm 
Giessen 26. July 2022, 7:00 pm

Rocío Boliver (MEX)
Tokio Maruyama (JAP)
Cologne 28. August 2022, 5:30 pm
Giessen 30. August 2022, 7:00 pm

Sinéad O’Donnell (N-IRE)
Kurt Johannessen (NOR) 	
Cologne 25. September 2022, 5:30 pm
Giessen 27. September 2022, 7:00 pm

Skip Arnold (USA/F)
Nigel Rolfe (IRE)
Cologne 23. October 2022, 5:30 pm
Giessen 25. October 2022, 7:00 pm

Brian Catling (UK)
James King (N-IRE)
Cologne 20. November 2022, 5:30 pm

Zhou Bin (CHN)
Wang Chuyu (CHN)
Online Screening
27. November 2022, 5:30 pm

Short-term changes may occur even after more than 2 years of Covid-19.

With thanks for the kind funding

Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW

NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste

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