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Blow!-Visiting Artist 2" with Tomasz Szrama and Maurice Blok

We would like to invite you to experience the visit of two well-known performance artists. On Friday, 11th of November, 18.00 o clock, Tomasz Szrame (Poland/Finland) and Maurice Blok (Netherlands/Finland) will give a lecture about their work at the Uni Hildesheim, Domäne Campus, Haus 50, Raum 202. On Saturday, 12th November, both artists will show a performance at the Relaxa Hotel in Bad Salzdetfurth (An der Peesel 1) from 19.00 o clock onwards. We would really be happy if you would share this and come by yourself... Info about the artists:

Tomasz Szrama Born in Poland in 1970 and living in Finland, Szrama's practice shifts between multiple disciplines, including photography and video. Regardless of the medium, a dominate common thread in all of his work is the use of his own body and methods of performance art, such as action, gesture, and the physical manipulation of everyday materials. Szrama's work is humorous and self-reflexive, often putting his own body into impossible and even ridiculous situations such as attempting to hang himself with helium balloons, covering his entire body in plaster cast making himself immobile and then waiting for hours in a busy tourist street, or boarding a plane with his own parachute. His work touches on themes of travel, trust, and the ever present potential for personal failure.

Maurice Blok (b. 1979 Nederlands), lives and works in Finland. Whilst concentrating on sculpting, during my studies, I realized that what occurred before the work was even presented was of as much importance to me as the final piece itself. Subsequently, I started carrying out short experiments in front of a video camera; something that soon became close to what is called performance art. Soon after my work evolved into actual performances, involving setting up and carrying out "actions" that bear aesthetic results in front of physical audiences. Having worked physically, and using tools, on an object (as a sculptor) it was only natural to bring this to my action pieces too. Although my work is performative I still consider myself remaining with a sculptural attitude . Constructing and deconstructing whilst having some kind of interaction with audience (or not). Naturally, one’s performance art is ordered in a chronological manner, yet the viewer is not aware of this while encountering a performance. The works I do are often not titled. A name can draw the attention away from what the piece is (or maybe could be) – just itself.

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