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#63 | course of action 2


18. - 25. May 2019

a 8-day learning program on Performance Art
In cooperation with CLOUD festival (curated by Edit Pula), Tirana, Albania

Led by BBB Johannes Deimling

PAS #63 call as pdf to download

concept: Course of action

The main research question during this 8-day course is: "how to use body, presence and action to create works of performance art?". Besides theoretical input we will mainly approach the performance art field with a variety of practical experiments, exercises, tasks or assignments and connect them with other art forms such as painting, sculpture, drawing, music, etc. The vivid learning process will generate artworks which are trying to establish a visual dialogue with the audience, the viewer and communicating through an artistic moment of liveness.

Field of action

Actions can turn us into heroes or bring us to prison. On a daily basis, we are doing hundreds of activities without realizing or questioning most of them. They are deeply rooted in our human behavior and without them, nothing would move, develop and be produced. Brushing teeth or peeling potatoes seem to be simple, but are a conglomerate of little actions, like taking, holding, pushing, scrubbing, etc. Is there a single, pure action or are they always happening in coexistence?

We will analyze various actions, ask if breathing or aging is one and try to go into the details in order to examine the artistic value and potential. Furthermore, we are aiming to experiment with different, simple activities and place them in a cinematic timeline to understand their nature. Inspired by techniques of collage and film editing we will cut actions into pieces and change their course, try to fade or overlap the torn parts.

Actions have the demand that reality is changing. This fact is a key element in action art and performance art practice. But "it's not the action that makes the performance." (BBB Johannes Deimling 2014). It is the interaction with material, space, time and the present audience that shapes the holistic, ephemeral moment. A wonderful and impressive example of how to connect ideas with the surrounding world and put them into reality is shown by the Greek philosopher Diogenes. His philosophy, also known as action philosophy, draws a direct line to activism.

The course will show how we can transform our own ideas into living artworks. The results of the process will be shown in a public presentation at the end of the 8-day program. There is no prior knowledge needed to take part in this course, but curiosity, dedication and passion towards the whole artistic endeavor.

and … action!

PAS offer

• pedagogical, artistic and technical guidance of experienced artist and performance art professor BBB Johannes Deimling
• exploring performance art through a variety of unique performative exercises, experiments, games and assignments
• collaborating with other like-minded people with different experiences, backgrounds and nationalities
• program adjusted to the group dynamics and individual needs
• working in small groups (max. 12 participants)
• contacts with artists, curators and art institutions
• final public presentation in Tirana, Albania
• video and photo documentation of the final presentation
• tons of inspiration, practical and theoretical knowledge, new experiences
• and many more that is dependent on your engagement

Fee: € 290
Price does NOT include travel and accommodation costs

Closing date for applications 1. May 2019
mail to: pas@bbbjohannesdeimling.de

17. May 2019 arrival (unofficial)
18. May – 25. May 2019: practical studies and researches
18. May – start at 10am
24. May 2019: final presentation
25. May 2019: reflection and closing day, departure at earliest 4pm

write to: pas@bbbjohannesdeimling.de for inquiries, applications and further information

PAS #63 "course of action"