PAS-Performance Art Studies 2010 WHAT IS IMPORTANT?


PAS – Performance Art Studies
with BBB Johannes Deimling and Franz Gratwohl

4th – 16th October 2010 in Kirschau & Berlin – Germany

Deadline for applications 15th of September 2010

The 16th edition of the Performance Art Studies workshop will take place from the 4th – 16th October 2010 in Kirschau and Berlin in Germany.

The aim of this 12 day intensive workshop is for the participants to develop a performance art work, based on the theme of the studies, which they will present in public performances in Kirschau and Berlin.

These two places have strong connections to performance art that we will use as the basis for our research and creative process.

Kirschau is a small town conveniently located in the countryside near Dresden, it is an ideal location in which to experiment and work on different subjects in various sites (such as an old factory and various spots in the nature). Kirschau is also host to the annual, international performance art event grenzART.

We will then travel to Berlin where we will stay at the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, another important venue for performance art that hosts the monthly ‘Performer Stammtisch’ event and the annual ‘Platform Young Performance Artists’. There we will make a final public presentation of the performances developed in the workshop. We will also take the opportunity to meet with some of the organizations and people that make up the Berlin performance art scene.


The topic of the 16th PAS-project is: „What is important?“ It is a big question but to begin with we will treat it as a rhetorical one. It is quite normal that people have different values, so what is important to me must is not necessarily important to you. Everybody has their own scale of what is important for oneself. During the workshop we will observe that some subjects are important for more than one person while others remain on the private level. Intersections can appear between the individual borders of others. Opinions and communities of interests can be formulated to form stronger expressions. If we find these intersections in the process, we will be able to transform our own values into signs or images which are readable for more than one person. Through various exercises, tasks and discussions we will discover these intersections and try to explore the question: “What is important in the process of developing, presenting and reflecting a performance art piece?”

With the guidance and direction of the workshop facilitators, participants will use a variety of techniques and exercises to focus on the perception of one’s own personality, develop skills to communicate with the body, and transform ideas into a performative work. Personal perception and experience affect how we communicate and deal with the body in time and space during a performance. The main objective of the workshop is to understand the body as a tool and to use this tool to communicate effectively in performance.


Franz Gratwohl

Gartwohl lives in Zurich and Berlin and has presented both performance and installation work internationally since 1995.
His work explores the roots of everyday phenomena with ironic irreverence. He deals with the nature or things and the constraints of civilization through the use of time, language and action.

Since 1997 he has taught performance art at the F+F School for Art and Media Design in Zurich.

BBB Johannes Deimling

Deimling has worked since 1988 as an artist in the fields of performance art, video, object, installation, drawing and music. But it is especially with his performative works that he has become internationally renowned. He conceptualizes an image of our society, which shows it full of contradictions, sentimentally, stupidity and banality, but also affection, creativity and cooperation. He observes the world from his characteristic point of view, creating temporary images that remain in the memory of the viewer, creating a sliding transition between the ordinariness of everyday and art.

Since 1998 he has worked as a lecturer in performance art at the F+F School for Art and Media Design in Zurich, since 2004 at the Academy of Arts in Tallinn in Estonia and since 2009 at the Akademi for scenekunst in Fredrikstad in Norway. He has also organised many independent performance art workshops through which he has developed a sophisticated pedagogy of performance art.

During the workshop, Deimling and Gratwohl will work as a team, guiding the participants through the creative and critical process.


– Opportunity to develop a performance art work with technical, pedagogical and artistic guidance from two professional performance art teachers
– Performative exercises in various conditions and locations (in and outdoor, focusing on: body, time, space, concentration, endurance, … in groups and as individuals)
– Critical feedback on the ongoing creative process through individual and group discussions
– Public presentations of the performances in Kirschau, Leipzig and Berlin (advertised through media promotion, posters, mailings etc.) and a final celebration party.
– Video and photo documentation of the workshop made by Christopher Hewitt, publisher of liveartwork DVD (
– Documentation published on BBB Johannes Deimling’s and other performance art related websites
– Contacts to artists, curators and art institutions in Germany
– Meet and cooperate with other like-minded people from a range of countries
– Working in locations with rich historical and cultural contexts
– Free accommodation in Kirschau and Berlin (for 12 days)
– Free travel between Kirschau – Berlin


– Price: €550 (£ 460, US$ 720, 750 CHF)
This price includes the cost of accommodation in Kirschau and Berlin for a period of 12 days plus the cost of travel between Kirschau – Berlin.

– For confirmed registrations before the 1st of September 2010, the workshop will cost only €500 (£ 418, US$ 652, 677 CHF)
– We offer a limited number of grants for participants with reduced income. If you receive this grant (to apply for the grant please read the application form) the workshop fee will be €400 (£ 334, US$ 522, 542 CHF)
– Teaching language is English
– Participants must pay for their own artistic materials, food and daily expenses during the workshop
– The workshop is open to all people, both emerging and established performance artists, as well as students (minimum age 18 years)
– The workshop will take place with at least 8 participants and a maximum of 15
– Application forms can be downloaded here:

Deadline for applications 15th of September 2010

If you have any questions, please contact:

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