Program 2014 (ENG)

FRICTION International Performance Festival
14-17 May, 2014

Theme: Freedom of Action
A very warm welcome to the 5th edition of Friction!

In the streets and squares of the city, the Botanical Gardens, House of Peace, Katalin and Uppsala Art Museum.
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Please note: this programme may be subject to change without prior notice. 

Wednesday 14 May

13:00-18:30 Seminar – in English
House of Peace, Uppsala Castle

Freedom of Action. What constitutes the limits of artistic freedom, and how can art influence a society embroiled in conflict?

Moderator: Rikard Ekholm, PhD in Aesthetics, Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University.

13:10 Artistic Expressions and Peacemaking. Peter Wallensteen, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.

14.10 Stability and Fight or Animal and Divine Against Human, Oleg Kulik (Russia). As Friction’s main speaker, the artist, curator and professor discusses his art and presents videos.

16:20 Panel discussion: Sakiko Yamaoka (Japan) Sinéad O’Donnell, (Northern Ireland) Tamar Raban, (Israel). Moderator: Radmila Djurica (Serbia), journalist and contributor to the Friction catalogue 2014.


Thursday 15 May

12:00-12:40 Opening performance Crying Action, by SU-EN (Sweden). Participants: the Munviga choir, under the direction of Gina van Dam. Celsius Square, starting in front of the City Library.

A ritual act of sorrow over all the children and civilians who have died in war.


15:30-21:00 Uppsala Art Museum

15:30-17:30 Open discussion: Artist presentations and reflections: Freedom of Action. Uppsala Art Museum, 1st floor

 18:30 Opening speech and toast by Sten Bernhardsson, Cultural Director, Cultural Board of the City of Uppsala. Uppsala Art Museum, 3rd floor

18:45 Taus Mackhacheva (Russia), The Cake, 3rd floor
Baking expertise: Marie Broman and Maria Johansson.

The Cake relates to Hitler’s plans to conquer Baku. The artist has found a film sequence in the Krasnogorsk film archives where Hitler slices a cake baked in the shape of the Caucasus and the Caspian Sea. The artwork comments on the absurdity of world politics, where the boundaries between countries and regions are drawn up by men behind closed doors.

19:30 Tamar Raban (Israel), Untitled, 1st floor

“Doing not showing” is TamarRaban’s approach to performance art. She works intuitively with the location and often incorporates words, movements and interactive situations involving the audience.

 20:15-21:00 Anka Fugazi (Poland), Wołanie (Crying), 1st floor

The action deals with the life conditions of women and underlines sorrow and pain through the use of symbols.


 Friday 16 May

 11:30-13:00 Svartbäcksgatan from the City Library to Celsius Square.

Students involved in Performance Pathway, Royal College of Arts, London, have over the course of the week participated in a workshop in Vendel entitled “Into the Woods”, together with Gustaf Broms (Sweden).

Rosana Antoli, William Colley, Zeijing Liu, Karolina Magnusson Murray, Heather McCalden, Lou Marcellin, Girolamo Marri, Alicia Matthews and Leon Platt enact a performance based on this process.


 14:00-17:00 Celsius Square:

 Sinéad O’Donnell (Northern Ireland) erasing HER history

The artist investigates public space through her body.

Peppe Rosvik (Finland/Sweden), Connected

Peppe works with a distinctly physical and political expression. One could describe him as an artistic punk rebel, a bodily dissident, who refuses to prematurely present a table of contents.

Anka Fugazi (Poland), Organic Compounds

Here the artist also works with the theme of the vulnerability of the female body. Clad in a white dress and a whip in hand, she creates traces of flowers and fruit. Her body is disciplined by her own hand.
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro (Gabon/Germany), El Carrusel, the fountain at St Pergallerian

Participants: the donkeys Pepita and Peppino
The donkey is often seen as stupid and enslaved. In many cultures it is associated to shame. However, the donkey is in fact one of the most intelligent and friendly mammals. The piece aims at creating a dream-like image of freedom and solidarity between humans and animals throughout the world. The public can participate by petting or feeding the animal, and children can have a ride.
Andrey Kuzkin (Russia), 14 12 18 9 16 1 – 15 8 99 3

“Ladies and gentlemen! A unique show, today only, and entirely free! Receive your own unique artwork… Give the artist some small item you have with you, and in a couple of minutes it will come back to you in the form of an artwork. This act opens doors to new realities. Do with it what you will: sell it, destroy it or display it at home. Don’t miss this opportunity to access eternity.”

Participants are offered the chance be photographed together with their artworks afterwards.

19:00-21:30 Uppsala Art Museum:

19:00-19:30 Dominik Lipp (Switzerland), NO.II/MMXIV, 1st floor

“In the space in-between I am liberated in the flow. Everything is about numbers and letters. I must do this!”

19:30-20:00 Sakiko Yamaoka (Japan), Sculpture of Eye Contact (house version), 1st floor

The artist is interested in our everyday/daily behaviour as we, for example, observe someone else, or when we ourselves are being observed. If we stare too long it is considered rude, and can even be experienced as an assault. “Sculpture of Eye Contact” has been carried out in the public space on many locations in Japan. Please follow the instructions and use the tools provided by the artist.

Gustaf Broms and Nigel Rolfe (Sweden/UK), Untitled, 3rd floor

“Two bodies meet in time and space, consciousness observes consciousness, emptiness reflects emptiness”

Gustaf Broms and Nigel Rolfe met in  2012 at Guangzhou Live and immediately felt that their respective work had much in common. The piece is an echo of an earlier performance in Vendel Forest.

21:00-21:30 Peppe Rosvik (Finland/Sweden), Disconnected, 1st floor

A performance featuring the artistic defilement of symbols of power.


 Saturday 17 May

 12:00-18:00 Uppsala Art Museum

 Andrey Kuzkin (Russia), Space Time Continuum, 1st floor

Over the course of approximately six hours, the artists draws a line on the wall without ever lifting his hands from the wall. Date and time are registered at the start and finish. The artist examines time – finds his present point in time, glances back at his past and forward towards his future. The piece was developed in Moscow in 2008 during the exhibition “Earth” at Stella Art Foundation, and has not been performed since then.

12:00-18:00 Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro (Gabon/Germany), Independence Cha Cha, 1st floor
Here the artist collects the various memories of the audience and uses them to create a physical map of sorts. The map is then transformed into an installation.

12:00-17:00 Natasha Dahnberg (Sweden/Russia), Assembly Line, 3rd floor

In collaboration with Svitlana Kovalenko and Klara Granlöf.
The performance questions aspects of the military industry: an assembly line in which we all, whether consciously or unconsciously participate. We both accept and reject military escalation and disarmament, but it is difficult to influence man’s cycles of war and peace on a more extended time frame. The piece is a continuation of a performance enacted in the exhibition “My Soldier” at Uppsala Art Museum in 2012.

13:30-15:00 The Botanical Gardens, the new section of the Tropical greenhouse:

Sakiko Yamaoka (Japan), Sculpture of Eye Contact (High Five Garden version) 

A new version of the artist’s theme centring on observation and communication in public environments. A social interaction on the grass, to which everyone is invited. Sakiko Yamaoka paints flowers on your hands. And as you encounter another flowered hand in the Botanical Garden, make a high five!!


Dominik Lipp (Switzerland), NO.III/MMXIV 

“If the wind is strong, I must take care. The power of the wind forces me to let go of the sail. Michelangelo’s words come to mind: I sail, and yet I do not move.”


Elena Kovylina (Russia), Kids 

A tender performance centring on the child’s first encounter with the world, Where the bonds between child and parent, love and care is the best guarantee that the child develops into a autonomous individual.

Taus Mackhacheva (Russia), The Nose

The word “mегIер” means both “mountain” and “nose” in Avar, a northern Caucasian language. A nose from Dagestan embarks on a long journey, in search of it’s face. The theme appears in the literature and folk tales of Dagestan: A youth must find his/her nose, and thus prove his/her courage. The nose underlines one’s character, and limits one’s field of vision. Today, we no longer measure human faces with rulers, there are now considerably more resourceful ways to categorize people.
Tamar Raban (Israel), Untitled

“Doing not showing” is Tamar’s approach to performance. She works intuitively with the site, often incorporating words, movements and interactive situations involving both the audience and location.


20:00 Friction c/o Katalin: Open bar and restaurant.

20:10-20:30 Sinéad O’Donnell (Northern Ireland), erasing HER history

“It / s / it / s / about / it / s / about / holding / holding it / holding onto / it / holding / it / together / for a while / through time / slowly / quickly / slightly / silently / in / actions / holding / onto to something / that / that can / it can / fall to pieces / but / it / it / never / seems / to / die” 
Closing speech and toast by the curator and project management team.

21:00-23:00 Concert featuring Differnet (Uppsala/Sweden)

Do you remember when “experimentalism” was not a genre of its own? And do you remember music that does not base its intrinsic value on its formalistic origins? Techno that isn’t techno, pop that isn’t pop, sound art that isn’t… etc. Differnet features Tomas Bodén, Anna-Karin Brus, Magnus Gyllenswärd and Peter Jackson.


Opening hours for Uppsala Art Museum during Friction:

14/5 Wednesday 12:00-20:00
15/5 Thursday 12:00-21:15 (exhibition opening hours 12:00-16:00)
16/5 Friday 12:00-16:00, 19:00-21:45 (exhibition opening hours 12:00-16:00)
17/5 Saturday 12:00-18:00 (exhibition opening hours 12:00-16:30)



The Friction Pass” SEK 200 offers entry to all of the festival’s events  
Separate entrance tickets can also be purchased at Uppsala Art Museum
for SEK 40

Separate tickets for Friction c/o Katalin SEK 100

Festival passes can be purchased at House of Peace, Uppsala Art Museum and Katalin.

For more information, please visit:
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Please note: this programme may be subject to change without prior notice. 

Visiting address: Uppsala konstmuseum, Uppsala slott, ingång E.
018–727 24 82 (reception),

Uppsala Art Museum and SU-EN Butoh Company/Mon no Kai 

Curator: SU-EN
Project Manager: Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson, Uppsala Art Museum

Marketing/information/graphic design: Eva Björkman, Uppsala Art Museum

Assistant Curator: Johannes Blomqvist

Technicians: Martin Wallin, Uppsala Art Museum and Hans Wärnsberg

Assistants: KAI-EN and Astrid Reinhammar



Partners: The Linnaean Gardens of Uppsala/the Botanical Garden, Katalin and House of Peace

Friction is part of the Year of Peace and Kulturstaden Uppsala initiatives.

Sponsors/collaborative partners: Kulturnämnden/Uppsala kommun, Destination Uppsala, Kultur i länet/Landstinget i Uppsala län, Kulturrådet, The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, the Institution for Peace and Conflict Research and the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University, Boland High School, Royal College of Arts, London, Uppsala City Library The Swedsh Embassy in Moscow, Köttinspektionen Uppsala


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