Welcome to Live Action which in its 9th consecutive year will take place at the art centre of Gothenburg, Göteborgs Konsthall, from May 30 to June 1 2014, as well as in the public space of Brunnsparken and Kungstorget where we in practice show the importance of a real cultural democracy.

We are very pleased to be able to present diversified program with as many as 16 contemporary artists from 13 countries. We are also proud to be able to continue to support the exposure of chinese performance art in Europe through an exchange program with the leading chinese performance art festival Guangzhou Live which now have entered its 4th year, showcasing the two very different but highly talented artists Dong Jinling from Beijing and Liu Wei from Chengdu.

Besides the presence of these two chinese artists, Live Action’s continuous efforts to program artists who are engaged in the development of freedom of expression. We are also happy to have been able to present the work of Erdem Gündüz from Turkey. An artist who in his own courageous way changed performance art’s political possibilities for societal change through an 8 hour durational outdoor performance on Taksim square in Istanbul in 2012.

Although one of the international scene’s most reknown performance art events, Live Action continues its profilation as a low key, human scale, art event that focuses on the work and the proximity between artists and audience. It is a strategy that we feel fits not only the expression of performance art as a contemporary art media, it is part of its philosophy. To be close, to be poetic yet engaged in our own society and its development.

So stay tuned for more information on the detailed program which you will soon find here as well as on our Facebook page. Let the sun be with us and make this 9th edition a real feast. Welcome.

Erdem GÜNDÜZ. Turkey. Taksim Square, Istanbul. June 17 2013.