Performance meeting Malamut

Ostrava, October 2015

Live Art Strømstad #1

Strømstad, Sweden, July 2015

For the Live Art Strømstad festival I wanted to work with roses. I wanted to use lighter fuel and a lighter to put fire to them in my performance, but due to heavy wind I decided I needed gasolin and a storm lighter to make them burn. It worked...!
My performance started by entering the river upstream, walking downstream until I could not touch the bottom with my feet anymore. All the time holding the roses high above the water and my head. Halfway down the river I lit the roses. They burned all the way through the second part of my performance. I left the roses floating in the river...
Duration: 20 minutes
Photos: Joakim Stampe

Live Art Strømstad #2

For my performance the second day I had a ladder to work with. Going into the river I did not know how to end my performance. Then I saw the bridges as for the first time and I knew what to do...
I decided to climb the two bridges and cross them without no purpose and treat them as obstacles.
The ladder was long enough to climb even the highest. After the bridges I wanted to continue to walk on the bottom of the river using the ladder to come out of the water to get air.
Duration: 30 minutes
Photos: Joakim Stampe

Perf #1 Guangzhou Live 5

December 2014

Perf #2 Guangzhou Live 5

Perf #1 Infr´action 10

Séte, France, September 2014

Perf #2 Infr´action 10

Ice from the sea, Svalbard

Vindodden, Svalbard, April 2014

Performance for video:
I am going out in the water and disappearing. Then I appear again and holding a big piece of ice in my hands. I bring the ice all the way out of the sea and onto the beach before disappearing out of the frame.
Duration: 3 minutes.
Video: Stein Henningsen

How to build a glacier, Svalbard

Tempelfjorden, Svalbard, April 2014

Performance for video.
I am pulling a big block of ice all the way over the sea ice up to the front of the Tuna glacier and leaving it there.
Duration: 70 minutes
Video: Sarah getas

Perf #1 Guangzhou Live 4

November 2013

Perf #2 Guangzhou Live 4

Perf #3 Guangzhou Live 4

Man standing, Svalbard

Adventdalen, Svalbard, March 2013

Performance for video:
Standing in a snow blizzard for as long as I can.
Duration: 4 minutes
Video: Sarah Gerats

Performance Nå 2

Bergen, June 2013

Guangzhou Live 3

Guangzhou, China, December 2012

Reoriented, Havremagasinet

Havremagasinet, Luleå, June-September 2012

La Bas biennale

Helsinki, April 2012

Guangzhau Live 2

December 2011

Working with fourteen blocks of ice in Guangzhau Live 2011.
Marking my space at the public square and putting together a bed with all fourteen blocks.
While lying on the blocks for approximately ten minutes the daylight slowly disappears.
Then I make a line out of eleven standing ice blocks, a pile of ice out of three blocks before putting fire to the pile of ice and pushing the closest standing block of ice so it hits the second which again hits the third...
The performance is ending with eleven broken blocks of ice on the ground and a pile of ice burning.
Duration: 40 minutes
Photos: Kaisa Pagel

White walk, Svalbard

Duner, Svalbard, April 2011

Video for performance.
Walking in the white landscape at the east coast of Svalbard.
Walking for approximate 50 minutes in between the small icebergs from a nearby glacier frozen into the sea ice.
Duration 50 minutes.
Video: Kjersti Strømmen

Perf #1 Guangzhou Live 1

Guangzhou, China, december 2010

Perf #2 Guangzhou Live 1

Perf #3 Guangzhou Live 1

7a 11d Int. Festival of performance art

Toronto, Canada, October 2010

About

Work and education
I have an engineering degree in electronics and a masters degree in international sales and marketing. After working for Norwegian companies for ten years, I wanted to change my life. I began working as a photographer in 1997. Four years later I had my first exhibition. Photography soon led me into installations and performance art. My first performance work was with the project “Crosses of Liberty” in 2005 (crossesofliberty.com). I still do photography and video, but my major works are within performance.

Curator and organiser
I have a great desire to share my experiences of Arctic with other artists, and to raise awareness of how rapidly Arctic is changing. One step has been to invite artists to experience the Arctic, to show the world its uniqueness and beauty. To that end, I created the Arctic Action International Performance Festival, founded in 2015 (www.arcticaction.info). I am curating one festival each year, inviting international performance artists to create works inspired by its landscape. I believe it is extremely important at this moment in time to eschew isolationism and develop cultural networks in the current climate of international capitalist hegemony.

Contact

Org. No 914 901 774
Org name:
ARCTIC ACTION ART

Contact address:
c/o Stein Henningsen
P. O. Box 732
9171 LONGYEARBYEN

steinhenningsen@gmail.com