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#67 | course of action


Call for participants - only one spot available!


11. - 17. November 2019, Groningen Netherlands

a 7-day learning program on Performance Art
In cooperation with Minerva Art Academy and the performance art festival "Onweer", Groningen Netherlands

Led by BBB Johannes Deimling

course of action - concept

The main research question during this 7-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

PAS | Performance Art Studies:
• To develop a Performance Art piece with 7 days of 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 at the "Ontweer" performance art festival, NP3 gallery, Groningen, Netherlands 2019.
• Video and photo documentation of the final presentation completed by the PAS photographer
• Publication of the Documentation on PAS website and other Performance Art related websites
• Contacts with artists, curators and art institutions in the Netherlands
• Meeting and collaborating with other like-minded people from other countries
• Encounters, lectures and discussions with invited artists
• Context of the place, history and culture

• 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.


10. November 2019 arrival (without an official meeting)
11. - 15. November 2019: practical studies and researches
16. November 2019: public performances as part of the "RE:Sponse" performance art festival
17. November 2019: reflection, possible departure after 4pm

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 a high quality of teaching enriched by our experience and an ever-expanding great collection of tasks.

• Teaching language is English

• Send your application (CV and work examples) to pas@bbbjohannesdeimling.de
more information on how to apply

Application Deadline: 27. October 2019 - 2 free spots left!

• Price: € 400

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

be part of PAS ! ... and join the studies!

send us an e–mail to pas@bbbjohannesdeimling.de if you are interested in PAS #67 in Groningen. Apply with information (for example: links, pdf, portfolio, ...) describing you and your work or your research together with a short motivation letter why you want to take part in PAS