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PAS | 81 "Course of Action"

23 – 30 October 2022 – Nijmegen, The Netherlands

An 8-day learning program on Performance Art practice in collaboration with POPOP Art, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Led by the PAS | Team: BBB Johannes Deimling and Monika Deimling


Regular fee: € 360 (Price does NOT include travel and accommodation costs)

Early bird price: € 325 for registrations until 4 September 2022

Student fee: €290


PARTICIPATION FEE: € 360 (Price does NOT include travel and accommodation costs)

EARLY BIRD PRICE: € 325 for registrations until 4 September 2022


CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 9 October 2022 (or earlier if the classes are full)

Maximum 12 participants


23 October 2022: official start (early afternoon)

23 – 29 October 2022: practical studies and research (10am-6pm)

29 October 2022: final presentation

30 October 2022: reflection, brunch and closing day, departure (earliest 3pm)

Venue: Thiemeloods at Leemptstraat 34

  • pedagogical, artistic and technical guidance of experienced artist and performance art professor BBB Johannes Deimling with Polish artist Monika Deimling
  • 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 Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • photo documentation by Monika Deimling and video documentation of the final presentation
  • process publication, documenting the whole research study including the public performances
  • tons of inspiration, practical and theoretical knowledge, new experiences
  • and many more that is dependent on your engagement

The main research question during the PAS #81 “Course of Action” 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 ageing is one and try to go into the details 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 on 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 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 | TEAM FOR this program

BBB Johannes Deimling as a teacher
Visual artist working with performance art, film, drawing and sound. He is the founder and artistic director of PAS | Performance Art Studies.

Monika Deimling as a critical observer and photographer
Visual artist working with photography, embroidery and film. She is a creative manager and photographer of PAS | Performance Art Studies.


By Farnoosh A. Nik
“You managed somehow to ACTIVATE my creative spirit and provided the opportunity to expose it to others and to hear from them and to look into other’s mind and to WATCH ACTIVELY and to LISTEN RESPONSIVELY which are amazing skills that I forgot I have and I forgot to pleasure them.

By Kevin Meehan
“I very very very much appreciated the “there is no wrong or right” motto and you sticking to it! I have heard these very words from other teachers and then very quickly it is revealed that there is in fact a “wrong”. But throughout the PAS Study I felt a growing freedom, a deeper confidence, and a respect for my gut impulses.”

By Veronika Merklein
“And there it was: “Trust your image, your action, yourself!”. PAS empowered me to take MY (performance) art more serious, called my attention to the structures of performances, co-performers in performances and especially really precisely to materials and objects. All in all, I learnt a general attentiveness and it gave me the needed boost to grow up and risk.” – (Veronika Merklein)

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In the case of cancelling the confirmed spot, the Participant is entitled to a full refund, if PAS | Performance Art Studies receives a notice about it via email, 14 days before the program. If the notice is shorter than 14 days before the program, the fee is going to be returned only if a replacement is found.

If the program is cancelled by PAS | Performance Art Studies, the Participant receives a full refund of the fee.



– How to register?
Please fill the form to register for the classes: here. Wait for the confirmation, transfer the fee and you are ready to go.

– I registered but didn’t cover the fee. Is my workshop spot reserved?
Unfortunately not, your place is fully booked only when you cover the fee.

– I am interested in Performance Art but have not much experience, can I take these classes?
Of course, you can, moreover, you should 😉 The PAS teaching method is structured in a way, that no matter what stage you are in you will gain from the process and can further develop your interests.

-I am already an experienced performance artist, will I learn anything new?
Yes, you will, under one condition – you will attend the class with full dedication 😉

– I would need a letter to apply for covering my participation fee. Can you provide such a letter?
No problem with that. You just need to provide us with some details and we can send you the letter.

– Can I apply for a scholarship?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide scholarships. We can support you by sending invitation letters if you want to apply for some grants.

– I am an art student at a university. Is it possible that my whole class takes part in this course?
Yes, reach out to us and we will help you with further steps.

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