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Call for participants


25. November – 1. December 2019, Oslo Norway

a 7-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 with Guest Teacher Konrad Juscinski


According to G. Marconi (1), a sound never stops to propagate. It means that by emitting a sound we give life to a process that, theoretically, never ends and produces waves advancing in space and time, encountering fluids, bodies, objects and other waves.

John Cage closed himself in an anechoic chamber (2), perfectly soundproof, looking for the pure silence. But once adapted to the noise of silence, he started to hear and feel the vibrations of his heartbeat and the flow of his own blood. According to Cage’s experience, we could say that where there is life, there is sound.

We perceive sound and noise in the form of vibration that can stimulate both the thin membrane of our inner ear and nerve receptors in our skin. We can hear the buzz of the hummingbird's wings, feel the vibrations of a pneumatic hammer on our chest, be woken by an alarm clock, follow the sound of a voice, enjoy the silent atmosphere of a natural environment -like on a mountain -, or the rhythmic repetition of the waves -like on a shore, or tremble, without knowing it, to the rhythm of a washing machine. Actually, in term of vibrations, we can hear or feel a sound all over the body. We can be touched, caressed, even overwhelmed by a violent sound, or by a light vibration. In everyday life we are like a surface which unconsciously collects vibrations of every nature and kind. That's why we need to be able to listen: with the entire body.

A wooden fish is a percussion instrument with sacred features in Eastern religions and cultures, -which is a curious thing because the fish (no mention of Mammals) is the best-known example of a dumb animal, which produces no sound. Perhaps it is because silence is a pre-condition for the occurrence of the sound and listening to it, that in certain temples they start praying hitting the symbol of silence itself: the fish, the muteness.

Between the necessary presence of the silence and the chaotic symphony of everyday life, every culture finds ways to play that symphony, or listen to it, and every person can play the body itself to the rhythm of that music, or can even play that music through her/his body.
Whatever way we approach the theme of the sound, it interrogates us on the level of consciousness of our perception, and on the dominance of some senses compared to others, revealing the potential of listening as a means of interpretation, communication and action in relation to the environment and people around us. “Shut your eyes and see”, wrote Joyce in his Ulysses to let Stephen Dedalus hear and perceive beyond his eyes, walking on a shore. (3)

CREAKING WOODEN FISH will take place end of November as part of the PAO Festival 2019 in Oslo, Norway, where we continue to explore these and other topics, and stimulate further our curiosity, offering an occasion of researching the relationship between body and sound.

(1) Guglielmo Marconi is known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy”.
(2) An anechoic chamber (an-echoic, meaning echo-free) is a room designed to completely absorb reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves.
(3) “Shut your eyes and see… Stephen closed his eyes to hear his boots crush crackling wrack and shells… A very short space of time through very short times of space...Exactly: and that is the ineluctable modality of the audible.” James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 3 - Proteus.

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 PAO Festival 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 Norway
• 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.


24. November 2019 arrival (without an official meeting)
25. - 30. November 2019: practical studies and researches
29. November 2019: public performances as part of the PAO festival
29. November - 1. December 2019: PAO festival
1. December 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: 1. November 2019

• Price: € 310
• Price does not include travel and accomodation

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

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