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#60 | aging as an action


27. OCTOBER – 3. NOVEMBER 2018, Oslo Norway

an 8-day learning program on Performance Art
In cooperation with PAO – Performance Art Oslo and KHiO – Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Led by BBB Johannes Deimling
Guest Teacher: Emily Promise Allison

PAS #60 call as pdf to download


After PAS #42 (2015), PAS #50 (2016) and PAS #58 (2017) we will continue the fruitful cooperation and artistic dialogue with PAO – Performance Art Oslo with PAS #60 | ‘AGING AS AN ACTION’.

Time is an enormous phenomenon. While researching the different aspects of it, we found there's research showing that the faster you move the slower you age. Does it mean that you can be so busy in life that you forget to age? Aging as an action. There's also the perspective of forgotten time: "Every time a person dies a library is burned down". The scale of time changes depending on age: when you are younger an hour is a larger percent of your life. Also, we found that the traditional Maya calendar states that time is quickening. We are also interested in the perspective of physics. When Einstein talks about the space-time he states that the past and the future exists just as much as the present. What does it mean that time is space-like? Is it possible for us to understand?

AGING AS AN ACTION is facing this various time-research on an artistic level; because we believe that artistic questions are similar to scientific questions. We hope to find new approaches that could change our perception both in the act of creation and during the act of sharing with an audience. The use of performance art allows us to come closer to the point of a direct experience with our bodies. Performance art includes the time aspect by its nature, and with its ephemeral gesture it leads inevitably to knowledge about time. We use the body as a measure instrument. We explore how the body and the space are influencing each other. The relation between them could be understood as time - time in art as a consequence and a condition of a body in a space. Time allows us to move, to let the relationship develop. Thus for us the body is an essential instrument to investigate time. The intensive use of space within the work with the body will offer a relation to the context, and through this, a cultural aspect. What creates the specificity of a space and how can we use it for articulating something?

PAS | Performance Art Studies:

==> To develop a Performance Art piece with technical, pedagogical and artistic guidance
==> To investigate and work with a variety of performative exercises, experiments, games and assignments in various conditions both in and outdoors with a specific focus on: space, body, time, material, concentration. Work will be made in groups and individually.
==> A final public presentation of the performance (media promotion, poster, mailing) and final celebration party
==> Video and photo documentation of the final presentation
==> Publication of the Documentation on PAS website and other Performance Art related websites
==> Contacts with artists, curators and art institutions in Oslo incl. the PAO Festival
==> Meeting and collaborating with other like-minded people from other countries
==> Encounters, lectures and discussions with invited artists

==> The studies are ideal for art students, young artists and all other people who are interested in Performance Art. The range of ages in the past was from 13 to 72 and the level of experience is not a criterion for you to participate in PAS studies. The group is usually composed of international artists coming from different backgrounds and different parts of the world.
==> PAS studies takes place with at least 8 participants.

26. October 2018 arrival (without official meeting)
27. October – 2. November 2018: practical studies and researches
27. October – start at 10am
2. November 2018: final presentation as part of the opening of PAO Festival
3. November 2018: reflection and possible departure day, if not attending the festival (departure at earliest at 4pm)
2. -4. November 2018: PAO Festival

Our program is never planned in advance with exact steps. We adjust it to the group dynamics, challenges of an individual and needs that pop up. Observing the process is the key to achieve high quality of teaching enriched by our experience and ever - expanding great collection of tasks.

==> Teaching language is English

==> Closing date for applications 20. October 2018
==> Send your application (CV and work examples) to pas@bbbjohannesdeimling.de

==> Price: € 300
==> Price does not include travel and accommodation costs

be part of PAS and join the studies!