PAS | 84  City Symphony
Performance Art Workshop in Görlitz / Zgorzelec (de/pl)

Performance by BBB Johannes Deimling, photo by Monika Deimling, 2021.



27 August – 3 September 2023 in Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland) in collaboration with STRE!FEN Performance Art Festival.

An 8-day learning program offering a practical, in-depth dialogue with performance art practice in relation to site-specific approach combined with sound aspect. In a variety of experimental settings, we will explore this relation and create performance art works that bend given forms, expand space and engage the body.

Led by the PAS | Team: BBB Johannes Deimling with Monika Deimling + a guest teacher Marta Urbańska.

Regular fee: € 310 (possible payment by instalments)
Early bird price: € 250 for registrations until 6 August 2023 (limited spots only)


We offer payment by instalments.
€ 310 (Price does NOT include travel and accommodation costs)

EARLY BIRD PRICE: € 250 for registrations until 6 August 2023 (or earlier due to limited spot for this price)


Maximum 12 participants


27 August 2023: official start at 10am, location will be specified

27 August – 2 September 2023: practical studies and research

2 September 2023: public presentation at official event, location will be specified

3 September 2023: reflection, brunch and closing day, departure (after 3pm)


Visit our Library to take a closer look at our previous Studies documented in a process publication.


  • pedagogical, artistic and technical guidance of experienced artist and performance art professor BBB Johannes Deimling with assitance of visual artist 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 collaboration with STRE!FEN Performance Art Event
  • 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

For the fourth time PAS is collaborating with the STRE!FEN Performance Art Festival in Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland). After three successful PAS studies in 2020, 2021 and 2022 we continue the bonds and exchange that we have established to deepen site-specific performance art research.

The main topic of the collaboration between PAS | Performance Art Studies and STRE!FEN is the site-specific approach to performance art practice, theory and philosophy. Since the start of this collaboration each PAS | Study is researching urban spaces on both sides of the German-Polish border that would create a resonance through performance art. With “City Symphony” we want to extend the site-specific performance research and combine it with the aspect of sound.

The city is the ‘classroom’

The focus of PAS #84 | “City Symphony” is the site-specific and time-specific approach of performance art practice, theory and philosophy in close relation with the aspect of sound research. The border cities Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland) will be our classroom and the center of attention of the artistic research which will lead to public performances at different spots in the cities – on both sides of the border. We will explore and discover the border cities by bike and by foot and research its historic, political, architectural and social potential for sound-based performance art purpose.

 Sound-based performance art

Not only FLUXUS has left its marks on today’s performance art practice. Even though it is a correct historical reference, many sound artists, poets and musicians have shaped a genre within the field of performance art in which the focus of performed elements are combined and intertwined with sound in its broadest sense.

One of the direct connections between performance art and sound is the use of materials that inevitably create sounds by the fact of using or moving it. But also, the production of sounds is shaping the way we move or act – react. In this little example we can understand already the richness of this collaboration that will open another access to sites, spots and places.

The word “symphony” comes from sinfonia: derived from Greek, meaning: “together”. During PAS #84 we want to examine and discover the two border cities through performance art experiments and look for possibilities on how we create works in which sound and performance action are melting together.

Site-specific performance art

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

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 which 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.

The site-specific research is strongly connected to time. A performance will look different in a context of time that goes as far as the site-specific research. It is not only the context to the current situation, but also very profound aspects like day and night or summer and winter or any other connection that time can build in cooperation with space. The dialogue between site and time will generate vivid artistic research that will create strong and responding performance art works.

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.


Marta Urbańska as a PAS | Guest Teacher

Born in 1990. Interdisciplinary designer, illustrator, and artist with an environmental art and graphics background. In 2015 she graduated from the Faculty of Landscape Design at the University of the Arts in Poznań (PL). In 2021 she defended her doctoral thesis in the field of designing urban public spaces (Common spaces. Research on public spaces and their role) at her Alma Mater. Since 2020, she has been working as an assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (PL), at the Faculty of Architecture of Cultural Spaces.

She is the winner of the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Scholarship of the Marshal of the Wielkopolska Voivodeship for the Artists. She participated in several individual and collective exhibitions (including Poland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Malaysia).

Both in her artistic work and teaching, she is strongly guided by the principle: to see, to understand, to design. She also bases on the ideas and achievements of the site-specific art and each time strives to explore and grasp the perception of the landscape by the human being with all their senses, and then look for the ways of the interpretation and the synthesis of the collected experiences, observations, and thoughts.

In the surrounding world, she searches for codes, patterns, optical rhythms, and visual connections. She always pursues simplification and usually uses one tool and a line as a means of expression. She also uses the camera as her notebook, capturing quick, sketchy photos.

She likes monochromes, Copenhagen, Osaka, Japanese woodcuts, cats, and Micron fineliners the most.

City exploring:


These studies will take place in two border cities: 27 August – 3 September 2023 in Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland). These locations are within a walking distance and we will also provide bikes to move quicker. Our base will be in the German part (Görlitz), so this is where you should look for accommodation, possibly in the city centre. Moreover, you won’t need any special documents to cross the border, nor have additional accommodation in Poland. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.


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. Besides, we offer payment by instalments.

– 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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