When hell froze over – A performance in 4 parts

5 hour performance consisting of a fictitious negotiation regarding the Equal Opportunities Agreement, YES! Association/Föreningen JA!, Röda Sten, Gothenburg 2009.

As part of the exhibition A Space on the Side of the Road curated by Kajsa Dahlberg and Henrik Andersson at Röda Sten in 2009, YES! Association/Föreningen JA! staged the performance When hell froze over. The performance consisted of a fictitious negotiation, primarily between the board of Röda Sten and YES! Association/Föreningen JA!, concerning the agreement demanding gender and ethnic equality in art institutions that YES!/JA! formulated in 2005. A starting point was Augusto Boal’s idea that through performances and fiction one can “rehearse” certain situations to gain experiences that can be used to change the reality we live in.


below: photos from the fictitious negotiation regarding the Equal Opportunities Agreement,

Åsa Elzén





Forest Calling – A Never-ending Contaminated Collaboration

or Dancing is a Form of Forest Knowledge /

Skogen kallar – Ett oändligt kontaminerat samarbete eller

Dansandet är en form av skogskunskap

    – Extension #2 at The Experimental Field, Accelerator, SU

    – Extension #1 In Forest Intervals

Notes on a Fallow – The Fogelstad Group and Earth /

Träda – Fogelstadgruppen och jord

    – A Growing Fallow Archive / Ett växande träda-arkiv

    – Biography of a Fallow / En trädas biografi

    – Transcript of a Fallow / Avskrift av en Träda

    – Boy! / Pojken!

    – Fogelstad Fågelstad Fågelsta Fågelholk Fågelbo

    – The Other School / Den andra skolan

    – A Growing Archive on the Women’s Barn and Livestock

    School at Fogelstad / Ett växande arkiv över Kvinnliga

    Ladugårdsutbildningen vid Fogelstad

    – A Step to the Side / Ett steg åt sidan

    – A Growing Peace with the Earth Collection

    – Transcript of Transcripts: Elin – Bang /

    Avskrifter av avskrifter: Elin – Bang

    – Why do things when you could leave it? – An attempt,

    an in-between land / Varför gör man saker då man kunde

    låta bli? – Ett försök, ett gränsland

While I am trying to get to know Fredrika, I am always

thinking of you.

Memory of an Event

    – Memory of an Event I (Dear Honorine / Dearest Signe)

    – Memory of an Event II

History History

The Collaboration: MS and AL

Mary Wollstonecraft’s Scandinavian journey 1795 re-traced

    – The Glade I

    – The Glade II

    – Who Fooled Whom?

YES! Association/Föreningen JA!

    – A New Spelling of a Street – A tribute to Audre Lorde

    – All that you touch You Change. All that you Change

       Changes you.


    – (art)work(sport)work(sex)work

    – Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise


    – We Will Open a New Front/Lee H. Jones

    – (Dis)agreements?

    – When hell froze over

The guide and the seeing man

Project Description

I’ll be you if you’ll be me

A year of sisterhood

Getting Dressed

Bollywood Basketball

When hell froze over – A performance in 4 parts was realized after a longer period of communication between YES! Association/Föreningen JA!, the curators of A Space on the Side of the Road, and the staff, board and members of Röda Sten. After five intense hours at the negotiation table the parties agreed on a new version of the agreement. Also present at the table were representatives from artists, visitors, A&B, and a few who had lost their way.

read more and watch a short video documentation of the signing of the agreement