Rakini Devi/Australia/India

Sinéad O’Donnell/Northern Ireland

Peppe Rosvik/Finland


Dominik Lipp/Switzerland

Andrey Kuzkin/Russia

Water war/Children of Guts

Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill/Switzerland

Children of Guts

Photo: Gunnar H Stening
© SU-EN Butoh Company


Co-produced by SU-EN Butoh Company and Uppsala Art Museum between 2006 and 2014.

Curator: SU-EN
Project coordinators: Helen Karlsson/Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson

Using the whole city of Uppsala as a canvas or a map, FRICTION took place in possible spaces and venues. A large number of exciting international artists came to present work and exchange. The programming focussed on physicality and action and through a wide definition of a performative physical and visual statements. The encounter with the spectator as well as challenges for the artists were in focus. Art was presented as a means to plunge into the mysteries and beauties of life as well as the hardship of being human…

Please see the festivals on Vimeo or order the catalogue if you are interested!

FRICTION International Performance Art Festival 2006 – vimeo.com/483597012
FRICTION International Performance Art Festival 2008 – vimeo.com/466188385
FRICTION International Performance Art Festival 2010 – vimeo.com/469698390
FRICTION International Performance Art Festival 2012 – vimeo.com/469805538
FRICTION International Performance Art Festival 2014 – vimeo.com/470114247

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For info on Uppsala Art Museum see:

You can order the printed catalogues of the FRICTION festivals for free at: info@suenbutohcompany.net
2008 available only online as PDF catalogue

Supported by: Swedish Arts Council, City of Uppsala, Cultural Affairs Board, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and others