In Conversation: Eleonora Fabião and Boel Christensen-Scheel

OSLO PILOT Project Room
23 January, 2pm

OSLO PILOT is pleased to present In Conversation: Eleonora Fabião and Boel Christensen-Scheel, the first of a series of public dialogues exploring the relationships between artistic practice and social and political dimensions of the public sphere.

To mark the launch of her recently edited book Actions, performance artist and OSLO PILOT Editorial Advisory Board Member Eleonora Fabião will be discussing the series of actions she has been performing in public space with writer and lecturer Boel Christensen-Scheel.

About Eleonora Fabião

Eleonora Fabião is a Brazilian performer and performance theorist who currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the Arts of the Scene Graduate Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, she moved her performance practice into the streets of urban centres such as Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, New York, Montreal, and Berlin, among others. Fabião’s abandonment of traditional sites of artistic production and exhibition is premised on her dedication to the poetics and politics of public encounter, and to the investigation of precariousness as a source of potency, a conceptual tool, aesthetical force, and mode of production. She states: “I do not have a studio. I do not need one. The street is my workspace—the place where I invent, discover, test, discard, insist, desist. In the streets I experience possibilities. And impossibilities. I have to negotiate incessantly.”

Using ubiquitous materials, Fabião’s actions explore the suspension of habits, modes of behaviour, and conditioned regimes of relation and attention. Each performance gesturing toward a form of societal change, her actions are conceived as “anti-crimes”—actions committed with the intent of working toward the kind of city in which she would want to live. These actions are most often performed in series, with each action and series demanding or informing a further one.

Fabião’s performances in public space acquire a new dimension in the recently published book Actions, which she edited together with performance writer and curator André Lepecki. The 352-page book features extensive photographic material and writings by Fabião as well as original essays by Barbara Browning, Pablo Assumpção B. Costa, Adrian Heathfield, André Lepecki, Felipe Ribeiro, Tania Rivera, and Diana Taylor. Authors from different generations and nationalities presenting an array of distinct perspectives on contemporary aesthetics and politics of performance.

About Actions

Actions can neither be purchased nor sold. The book was made to be given out, received, traded, lost, found, donated, lent, and passed along. It searches for alternative economies (energetic, affective, relational) in which works and actions can be produced and encountered. Since its publication in November 2015, copies have been mailed to libraries internationally, freely distributed at events, and left on buses, subway trains, ferries, and in gyms, bars, churches, banks, parks, parking garages, and supermarkets.

Actions will be freely distributed at the event. OSLO PILOT will be further supporting its distribution by mailing it to Norwegian university libraries and cultural centres.

About Boel Christensen-Scheel

Boel Christensen-Scheel is Associate Professor in Aesthetics and Art Didactics at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in contemporary art and performance theory and works as both a critic and translator. Her field of interest is in art’s relational capacities, ranging from bodily experience, epistemology, and didactics, to more explicit political and ecological projects.

Actions (Ed. Eleonora Fabião and André Lepecki, 2015) forms part of the Mundane Project financed by the Rumos Itaú Cultural Program and is available in both English and Portuguese.


OSLO PILOT is a two-year project curated by Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk to investigate the role of art in and for the public realm and to lay ground for a future periodic art event in public space. OSLO PILOT is initiated and financed by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Norway.