About

INVESTIGATION AS PERFORMANCE // PERFORMANCE AS INVESTIGATION

FRIISLAND was founded in 2021 to support and promote the discussion, documentation and development of performance art. We focus on research-based, interdisciplinary and performative practices, regardless of conventional art forms. We consider performance art to be a historical artform in its own right, starting in the USA around 1950. A performance work is an artistsĀ“ investigation of questions or obsessions in his/her/their personal life; through selected or invented real actions and strategies; with real consequences; happening in real time and space.

We curate and organize talks, lectures, critical writing, documentation and residencies for and about performative practices. We are also open to collaborations with young or established artists and students from the academies.

FRIISLAND is situated in the outer Nordhavn area of Copenhagen, across the future culture center, Tunnelfabrikken. We are engaged in our location in Nordhavn, a new area of Copenhagen being developed these years. We are preparing various projects inside and outside, and in cooperation with existing institutions and businesses in Nordhavn.

FRIISLAND Center for Performance Art is a project by Live Art Denmark, conceptualized by Ellen Friis and Henrik Vestergaard, who have been devoted to the demonstration, development, discussion and documentation of performative art forms in Denmark and abroad since 2004. The Center is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation: The Council for Visual Arts and The Council for Performing Arts.