Now in its second year, Live Action New York will showcase twenty of the most engaging and up-and-coming Scandinavian and North American performance artists. Featured are a mix of young and emerging artists (including Peter Rosvik, Finland, and Søren Dahlgaard, Denmark), selected for their natural energy,
ambition and inventiveness, alongside the experience and quality of internationally-established artists (among them Rita Marhaug, Marilyn Arsem, Johanna Householder, and Tanya Mars). This inter-generational blend of styles goes beyond mainstream contemporary art in an artistically high-profile, thought-provoking, and avant-garde milieu.
About the curator:
Jonas Stampe, the curator and project manager of Live Action New York 09: Scandinavian Performance Art, has established himself on the international performance art scene. As the curator of three performance art festivals in Europe, Infr’Action – Festival International d’Art Performance in Sète, France, Infr’Action Paris and Live Action Göteborg, since 2001 he has presented more than 200 artists from more than 34 countries.
In 2001 and 2003 he was the project manager and curator of the biennial of contemporary art, Ideologia, which in its first edition presented 28 Scandinavian artists and in its second edition 56 artists.
He has been active as an art critic since 1987, writing for different Swedish and Scandinavian newspapers and art magazines on exhibitions on the international art scene and major exhibitions and events like Documenta, the Venice Biennial and the Whitney Biennial of American Art.
He is preparing a Ph.D. in contemporary art history at the University of Lund, Sweden, focusing on post-war European and American art. He has also studied art theory at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris under the direction of Hubert Damisch. Also a theorician, his specialty is European and American post-war art from 1944-1965.
Recently he was selected as one of eight curators of the 10th Open International Performance Art Festival in Beijing, which took place in Beijing in August and September, presenting more than 300 artists. He was also the curator of a delegation of three French artists to the international biennial of performance art LIVE, which took place in Vancouver October 15-31, 2009.