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#71 | Which side is the right site?


15. – 22. August 2020, Görlitz-Zgorzelec (Germany/Poland)

a 7-day learning program on Performance Art
In cooperation with Wildwuchs e.V. and the art project “STRE!FEN

Led by BBB Johannes Deimling
Guest Teacher Stefanie Trojan

Fee: € 310
Price does NOT include travel and accommodation costs

Due to the fact, the whole project is supported by the city of Görlitz and the art foundation of Saxony we are able to offer scholarships with a reduced participation fee of € 150. There will be limited spots for that offer.


PAS offer

Anyone interested in performance art, no matter the age or experience. There is enough space to fulfill individual needs.

• pedagogical, artistic and technical guidance of experienced artist and performance art professor BBB Johannes Deimling and our guest teacher Stefanie Trojan
• 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
• contacts with artists, curators and art institutions
• final public presentation in Görlitz-Zgorzelec (Germany/Poland)
• 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

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PAS #71 is a cooperation with the art project “STRE!FEN” organized by the artist collective “Wildwuchs e.V.” in the border cities Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland).

The city is the ‘classroom’
The focus of PAS #71 is the site-specific approach to performance art practice and theory. The border cities Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland) will be our classroom and the center of attention for the site-specific artistic researches which will lead to public performances at different spots in the cities – on both sides of the border. From our base, the Artemis Gallery, we will explore and discover the border cities by bike and by foot and research its historic, political, architectural and social potential for performance art purpose.

The German word “Streifen” means stripe, but also to touch, to graze, to roam, to swipe and combines a lot of other sensual meanings. STRE!FEN stands in its meanings firstly for the abstract form, which can be space, border and connection at the same time, secondly for the light, gentle touch and thirdly for the unintentional but exploratory movement. A special space. A special contact. A special movement.
The various meanings of the word “Streifen” will be the method of our artistic research. Görlitz and Zgorzelec are used as an art space, we work in the social, cultural and political context of the city, we deal with local conditions and structures, architecture, history and above all - with the people.
The border between Görlitz and Zgorzelec is marked by a river (Neiße) a moving stripe which is a contact point, gentle and careful, sometimes unintentional, a sensing, exploring and the first perception of another existence. How do we meet each other? How do we go on? Are we curious about each other?

site-specific performance art
The term site-specific describes artistic production in close relation with a physical site. Since its appearance in performance the term “site-specific performance” has influenced and inspired performance art practice and theory.

One could state that each performance work is site-specific since it is always happening in a spatial context and corresponding in one way or the other with the surrounding in which it appears. This thought is supported by the fact that our human body is not able to leave space since it surrounds us the moment we start growing in the uterus.

But the term “site-specific” describes not only a form or state of being but more a working method, a research practice that resonates in so many fields alongside the arts: ecology, humanity, history, politics, time, etc. The spatial context, the site-specific aspect of artistic production, presentation and perception is a reservoir of diverse and – it seems – endless artistic potential to create site related artworks. We can expand the present space, site or place, and transform into collaborative work with our perspectives and ideas. But at the same time, the site offers us its perspectives and access points to its given structures, forms and aesthetics. In order to balance the individual artistic concept with the given or chosen site, the need for precise research and dialogue is inevitable. The site has the power to crush any artistic idea with ease.

STEFANIE TROJAN – guest teacher
For PAS #71 we are incredibly happy to have Stefanie Trojan with us. Her specific approach to performance art in public and with people will extend the work during the studies.
Stefanie Trojan (*1976) is not producing images, but experiences. She questions the human habits and confronts the observer with an action. It is about social patterns, habits in general and daily things. How far we are dominated by our environment, are we captured in our context? She picks up the circumstances of a place, reacts to the periphery and the humans around. She analyses habits and confronts them with a performance.

The project will conclude with an exhibition in which photo and video works document the performances shown in Görlitz and Zgorzelec. Accompanying this, process materials such as remnants, drawings and texts will complete the exhibition. The opening of the exhibition is on September 11th, 2020, 18:00 at Artemis Gallery in Görlitz.

15. August 2020: official start 10:00 at Artemis Gallery
15. – 22. August 2020: practical studies and researches
21. August 2020: final presentation (throughout the whole day at different locations in the cities)
22. August 2020: reflection, brunch and closing day, departure (15:00)

11. – 13. September 2020: exhibition at Artemis Gallery
NOTE: it is not required to attend the opening of the exhibition. In case you can come again you are more than welcome to attend.

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

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