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Communication Laboratory


Communication requires that all parties have an area of communicative commonality. The idea to work on ComLab is to bring together performance artist who based in Goteborg and the Västra Götalands Region to work closely, also building a communication platform between interested audiences and among performance artists.

This loosely held group has one of its aims to broaden the platform and to visualize the performance arts. The idea of ComLab Series is an extension of Communication Laboratory Performance Art Night and an addition to a monthly improvised works in the public space in Gothenburg innermost city center : Brunnsparken. By having a regular collective performance art works, artists and any interested individual are all welcome to participate. Through the collective and communicative manner, we learns different aspects of how performance art can look, sound and smell like to the Gothenburg population.

In Visual and Telepathic Communication that consists of 12 series of monthly action in the public space in various location in the city of Gothenburg. in every Saturday after a monthly Payday(end of the month) at 12.30pm in Brunnsparken will any of us from the group to be in place – all year round.

Everyone was welcome and the event was for free, no entrence.

DATES 2011 :
1 October 2011
29 October 2011
26 November 2011
31 December 2011

DATES 2012
28 January 2012
25 February 2012
31 Mars 2012
28 April 2012
26 May 2012
30 June 2012
28 July 2012
25 August 2012
29 September 2012
27 October 2012

The First edition of ComLab event was happening at Valand Academy for Fine Art in 8 October 2010 Gothenburg. The 3 days project consists of performance art night by inviting artist to do performance art, performance art open workshop to invite anyone who interested to experiment and experience action, and performance art video screening on the go.

The Second edition was at Sergel Torg after Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm February 2011. Now we decided to keep it going as ComLab Series on monthly basis.

One of the cornerstones have been the American artist Marilyn Arsem’s text that we continues our faith in performance art. Thank you Marilyn.

THIS is Performance Art

Performance art is now.

Performance art is live.

Performance art reveals itself in the present.

The artist engages in the act of creation as s/he performs.

Performance art’s manifestation and outcome cannot be known in advance.

Re-enactment of historical work is theater, not performance art.

Performance art is real.

Performance art operates on a human scale.

It exists on the same plane as those who witness it.

The artist uses real materials and real actions.

The artist is no one other than her/himself.

There are no boundaries between art and life.

The time is only now.

The place is only here.

Performance art requires risk.

The artists take physical risks using their bodies.

The artists take psychic risks as they confront their limits.

Witnessing a performance challenges an audience’s own sense of self.

Sponsoring performance art, with its unpredictability, requires taking risks.

Failure is always possible.

Performance art is not an investment object.

The work cannot be separated from the maker.

It cannot be held.

It cannot be saved.

It cannot be reproduced.

Performance art is experience – shared time and space and actions between people.

The record of performance art resides in the bodies of the artist and the witnesses.

Performance art is ephemeral.

It is an action created by an artist for a specific time and place.

Witnesses are privy to a unique experience that will never happen again.

Performance art reveals the vulnerability of living.

Performance art reminds us that life is fleeting.

We are only here now.