Gustaf Broms

September 23-27, 2013
Daily street actions (see schedule for details)

September 28, 2013 @7pm
Collective Space
221 Sterling Road, Studio 5

Gustaf Broms

FADO Performance Art Centre is proud to present a new series of performance works by Gustaf Broms (Sweden). From September 23-27, Broms will perform a series of street actions in public spaces throughout the downtown core, each day from 9am to 5pm, mimicking a "typical" work day.


Union Station, 65 Front Street West

On Monday, you can find Gustaf in the pedestrian path between Union Station and the Go Station. If the artist chooses to move locations during the course of the day, you will find him on lower York Street, south of Front Street, in the middle of the road under the underpass.

Images from Day 1 here.

Toronto-Dominion Centre, 66 Wellington Street West

On Tuesday, you can find Gustaf in sculpture park nestled between the three towers that make up the Toronto-Dominion Centre (look for the reclining cows). You can get there on Wellington Street, or from King Street, just east of York Street.

Bay Street, just south of Kind Street West, near the old Stock Exchange

On Wednesday, you can find Gustaf near the corner of King Street West and Bay Street, just south of King Street, across from the old Stock Exchange facade. If not exactly there, the artist will be in the vicinity. 

Bay Street, south of Wellington Street

On Thursday, you can find the artist on Bay Street, south of Wellington Street or in the immediate vicinity.

Queen's Park Crescent

On Friday - the last day - you can find the artist on Queen's Park Crescent, at the top part of Queen's Park circle, just south of Bloor Street. Closest subway station is Museum Station. Or call 416-822-3219 for an update.


Broms will also perform on Saturday September 28 in an evening program along with Tomasz Szrama (Finland/Poland) and Macarena Perich Rosas (Chile). 

Click here for a map to Collective Space.


Gustaf Broms was born in Sweden in 1966. He currently lives and works in the Vendel forest. Gustaf's practice is engaged with the exploration of the nature of consciousness, the dualistic concept of "i", and the biological reality of the body, in an effort to understand the BEING MIND as a direct experience of REALITY. In his practice, he started off working photography and installation, but two work in particular led him to work with the more formless processes of performance. 

In 1991, Broms burned all of his work, and in doing so realized that the intensity of the action and the remaining ash far outdid anything he had previously made. In 2005, he completed a series of works entitled "5 Faiths for a Brave New World" in which he worked with objects that were physically too heavy for the body to move. These two experiences created a longing to explore the formless and led up to the project entitled "A Walking Piece" made with Trish Littler, in which the two artists spent 18 months walking across Eastern Europe. The result is considered a drawing.

Currently, Broms' continues to work with a series of movements that look at concepts of inner/outer and movement/stillness, working with his own body as the tool for examining these processes. The constant question is, "why are the dancing atoms of this body not merging wit the dancing atoms surrounding it?"


The complicated relationship 

HuMans and the surroundings

/natural / human / species /

must be resolved on a psychological level, 

before any real change can take place ?

do I live with identity restricted to the borders of my skin ?


do I live with the understanding that this is a construct of mind ?

as the water and air flows through my body

 is it at all possible to identify with this vessel ?

The work I am planning for Toronto is my first attempt to

explore the possibilities to aid this change,

using the language of the body as tool.


Join us for a casual artist talk with Tomasz Szrama, Macarena Perich Rosas (Chile), and Gustaf Broms (Sweden). The artists will present their practices and talk about the performances they will be making in Toronto.

Wednesday September 25, 7pm
hub 14
14 Markham Street (at Queen Street)


Photo credit: Lasse Fredriksson

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+ IMAGE GALLERY: Gustaf Broms, Day 1
+ IMAGE GALLERY: Gustaf Broms, Day 2
+ IMAGE GALLERY: Gustaf Broms, Day 3
+ IMAGE GALLERY: Gustaf Broms, Day 4
+ IMAGE GALLERY: Gustaf Broms, Day 5