Born in 1980, lives and works in Seoul, South Korea


Eric Scott Nelson is an American installation and performance artist. He has been based in Seoul, South Korea since 2007. In the past three years, he created around 50 new performances. His work, from concept to action, is made in a short time after first being in the space where he will perform. His process falls into this order: Space-Body-Concept-Materials-Action-Time, or some variation. Much of his recent work is made under a new term he calls ACTION PHILOSOPHY, where action is used as a tool for communicating social philosophy, addressing the problems in society and the absurdity of life. His work is challenging, often with physical risk. Without any rehearsal, the action is figured out and mastered during the process of repetition in the performance. Recent performances include: rolling through the streets, wearing white clothes that turn black, dragging a sign that says ‘YOU ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY’ (8 hours) and ‘contemplation on need’, holding his mouth open over glass while saliva fills glass (2 hours 40min). Since 2010 he actively organizes performance art festivals and events. Golmok Performance Art Festival, SPEAK, FLOW Performance Art and Media Festival, and Performance Art In Subway Cars (P.A.I.S.C.)


Eric Scott Nelson is presented with the generous support of the Consulate General of the United States in Guangzhou.

Eric Scott Nelson. Having and being. 2011. © Eric Scott Nelson.