Performance, duration: 40 min.
Theatre Bagatela, Sarego 7, Kraków

Based on his book The End Is Near (2012), Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson has created a performance that includes several reflections on death, all of which take on different characters in the acting and storytelling. As each reflection reacts to the previous one, a method is generated. This method enables a development to take place from simple-minded observations toward a multi-faceted outlook on the subject. In the performance, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson plays with real objects, made-up stories and vivid memories. The publication The End Is Near, will be on sale in Kraków.

Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, The Death Show, courtesy of artist


Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, The Death Show, courtesy of artist



Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson (b. 1984) is Icelandic artist lives in Amsterdam. He is a conjurer of fantastic scenes. Working mostly with the medium of drawing, performance and the written language, he typically starts with a broad subject and narrows it down to a specific route. But the way it narrows itself down and the kind of result gained are determined by the process. Sometimes the work progresses by a long meditative procedure, other times it shifts shape and character according to the motivation of an object or a person  – fiction or autobiography. Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson studied at the Rietveld Academy from 2005 to 2009. He extended his studies at the Sandberg Institute from 2010 to 2012.

Project Radical Languages subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage,
Flemish Representation  at the Belgian Embassy and the Mondriaan Fonds.
Partner: Barka Alrina, Bęc Zmiana Foundation.
Media patronage: Program 2 Polskiego Radia, TVP Kultura, TVP Kraków, Radio Kraków, Gazeta Wyborcza, Karnet,,,, E-splot.


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