PAS | 92 I Don't Know
Performance Art Workshop in Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Young artist Merle Sommermeier hanging on door in an abandoned building, only with a visible hand and leg.

Photo by Monika Deimling of Mylan Hoezen at PAS | 86 in Nijmegen (NL), 2023

PAS | 92 'I Don't Know'

20 – 27 October 2024 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, collaboration POPOP Art.

An 8-day learning program offering a practical, in-depth dialogue with performance art practice with a focus theme that places the unknown at the center of our performance-based artistic research.

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

The mobility project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Goethe – Institut.

Regular fee: €390
Early bird price: €360 / for students €350


REGULAR FEE: €390 this means that you pay €55 per day, including brunch, coffee and tea (Price does NOT include travel and accommodation costs)
EARLY BIRD PRICE: €360 / for students €350 until 4 September 2024

1 October 2024
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, meaning that studies may fill up before the closing date.

Maximum 12 participants

The mobility project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Goethe – Institut.


20 October 2024: official start 10:00 until 17:00, place to be announced
21 – 25 October 2024: practical studies and research (10:00 – 18:00)
26 October 2024: public presentation
27 October 2024: reflection, brunch and closing day, departure (15:00)


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 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 at POPOP Art 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

After PAS #80 in 2022 and #86 in 2023, we are continuing our fruitful collaboration with POPOP Art in Nijmegen in 2024 with a theme that places the unknown at the center of our performance-based artistic research.

‘Not knowing’ is an exciting but can also be annoying state. It can make us angry, pushes us to the limits of our perception, but always keeps us curious about what might be out there. In the artistic process, the unknown is an important direction for creation, and here the art is no different from science. Artistic research invites us to experiment and try things out, it places our acquired knowledge in a different context and dialogue. We may fail right at the start, but the will to find out something is an important step into the unknown.

If we accept this fact and focus our attention on the unknown, we will discover possibilities during the research process that may change our perception and the way we create. By letting go of the known and controlled self-perception, we gain new tools to formulate something we were not aware of before. It requires an openness to include our own practice in a critical exchange in order to steer our thoughts in a different direction.

The theme ‘I Don’t Know’ is also linked to a look at our troubled times. Many aspects of global change need attention and solutions. We often feel overwhelmed by the mass of challenges flooding our lives and feel powerless to respond. Perhaps we don’t know how? Perhaps we sense something and are unable to articulate it? Maybe we just don’t know how to participate in these big discussions?

By combining both directions of the topic, we want to create statement-based artworks in which we try to address issues of tomorrow by turning them into performance artworks.


We are pleased to mark that the mobility project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Goethe – Institut.

Disclaimer: This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

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.


We are very happy to collaborate again with POPOP Art in Nijmegen, the Netherlands for PAS #92.

POPOP Art is not only a platform for the development of performance art in Nijmegen, but also a curator of engaging exhibitions in the Molenpoort. With a commitment to showcasing the diverse talents of artists and fostering a dynamic artistic community, POPOP Art creates compelling exhibitions that enrich the cultural landscape of the city. In addition to our dedication to performance art, these exhibitions serve as a testament to our mission to promote artistic expression and innovation in all its forms.

In addition to our exhibitions, we also offer performance workshops and organize an annual performance night at various locations. These events provide artists with the opportunity to refine their creative skills, explore new techniques, and be inspired by Nijmegen’s vibrant performance art community. With these initiatives, we aim to provide a rich and diverse cultural experience for both artists and audiences.


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.

Were your questions still not answered? Write us an email:


  1. Fill the application form below.
  2. Wait for our confirmation.
  3. Transfer the fee.


In case you cannot see the application form below, click here.