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PAS | Performance Art Studies, founded by German artist and pedagogue BBB Johannes Deimling, is an independent art and educational research platform that has been offering intensive studies, workshops, courses and masterclasses for anyone interested in performance art since 2008. The goal of PAS is to offer a comprehensive form of learning and teaching in the process of Performance Art practice, theory and philosophy. PAS understands performance art as a social art practice that is rooted within the visual arts.
There is not one way of doing performance art
PAS | Performance Art Studies was created by German artist and pedagogue BBB Johannes Deimling in January 2008 with the interest of establishing a platform for artistic and social dialogue in order to shape a space for constant, critical learning and exploration its inexhaustible potential between Performance Art and other art genres. The studies consist of gatherings of people, who are interested in sharing experiences, view points and visions in which collective, artistic experiments are made and widen the perspective and perception through participation and sharing. The process-based experiments are learning tools for sharpening ones view on the world and questioning our role as humans and creative workers.
THE ARTISTIC PROCESS
Since Performance Art constantly expands and develops, there remains a huge field of unknown and undiscovered territory, which could offer solutions for artistic and non-artistic research, production and reflection. Stating this means: the main learning tool within a PAS study is the process of which we are uncertain where it will lead us. This process is directed to all involved without restrictions and mainly guided by the agreed experiments. This openness towards the PAS process implies the logic that each and every one involved is using his or hers potential to sculpt the space in which we are learning, exploring and creating. Aiming beyond the question ‘How do we create a performance art piece?’ is the soul of PAS process.
The main source of a Performance work is the present body of a person who presents an artistic concept in front of a present audience in space and time. Therefore PAS understands Performance Art as a social art form and embraces diversity of those involved in its artistic processes. Skin color, age, gender, religion, political stance, social or cultural backgrounds are understood as qualities, and as tools to generate intersections where learning actually happens. The differences are treated equally and thought of as artistic formulas like color, shape, size, body, space, time, materials, which are the subjects of our artistic endeavors. This is essentially needed since the occurring intersections between humans, forms, opinions and artistic visions provide the potential to touch the unknown and create something that we would be unable to discover on our own. During this vivid process we constantly inspire, demand and challenge ourselves as a crucial deed for changing perspective and allowing content of others to be displayed. This, then could adapt or integrate within our working processes and attitudes. The collective learning pool has a very legible aim: the ‘I’ needs to transform into a unique readable sign, which addresses the other in order to start a dialogue.
Collective learning pools
We are aiming to change how performance art has been produced and conceptualized over time. As with all mediums, Performance Art can find itself stuck in repetition of materials, attitudes and styles if learning focusses only on the historical and contemporary working methods. To avoid a hermetic learning process, we incorporate, whenever possible, other art forms (sculpture, painting, video, sound, photography, poetry, dance, architecture, theatre, activism, etc.), as well as supporting theories from science, philosophy, politics and wide array of other fields. This inclusion model reaches beyond the status quo and helps to keep the process vivid and open. The PAS studies are mainly practical work sessions, in which performative experiments and questions are tested and shared amongst the participants. We use experiments, exercises, tasks, games, assignments and ‘homework’ to widen the pallet of perception, awareness and learning. Parallel, we offer direct reflections and analyses of made experiences. Discussions, feedback, storytelling, drawing, writing and documentation are constant companions of the practical work that are specifically selected to fit the research topic
PAS | Team: Laurence Beaudoin Morin, Monika Deimling and BBB Johannes Deimling
The core team of PAS | consists of three visual artists and educators who aim to change the way performance art has been produced and conceptualised over time. Their shared interest is to use the practice, theory and philosophy of performance art to shape an ongoing shifting research process that reaches beyond art to reshape our perceptions and action strategies.
Since its foundation, PAS has developed into a community of artists, researchers and educators who explore performance art as a tool for social action and the activation of individual and collective action, and share this knowledge with other fields within and beyond the arts.
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