BBB Johannes Deimling photo by Jolanda Jansen
The Poetic in performance art
June 25th till July 8th 2017, Quartair The Hague
International performance art event
A collaboration Between P.S. – IPA – PAS
Quartair The hague, Toussaintkade 55: http://www.quartair.nl/
This year the PS foundation collaborates with IPA – International Performance Art Association and PAS – Performance Art Studies on the topic of “the poetic in performance art”. The event runs for 12 days and includes one-week long workshops , live performances by both local and internationally renowned artists, premieres, talks, panel discussions, presentations and screenings.
P.S. – this is Live explores the poetic in performance art by interrogating: how can a performance artist approach the poetry of live action? How can we make something poetic visible? The quality of the topic you are interested in might be alluring, sensitive, soft or, on the contrary, heavy, dramatic and dark. At the same time, the poetry of the topic might be humorous and absurd, gloomy and obscure or light and ephemeral. You might explore different aspects of live action: rhythm, repetition, the symbolism of words, actions and objects. Your work can contain text or just an image/movement.
P.S. – this is Live is looking for artists with a personal approach and a sincere means of expression. A small intimate gesture is as valid as a big dramatic act. We are interested in the ideas that you can develop through time and the process of transforming thoughts into actions that have visual qualities. This can be achieved in many ways and it doesn’t matter through which means you choose to express yourself. We are up for objects, sound, light, technology or just bodies in space.
Poetry is a powerful artistic tool. It can be soft and fragile like a catkin but also brutal and destructive like a sledge hammer. Mainly the term ‘poetry’ is used within writing and is textually based. However, poetry is also used as a metaphor to describe the appearance of an art work. The term ‘visual poetry’ describes the art which is dealing with text in an extended and visually extended manner. Similar to written or spoken poetry, ‘visual poetry’ creates spaces full of possibilities and playgrounds for thoughts. Therefore, all forms of poetry share the lack of not being applicable to reality as it has already transformed reality. Connecting the term ‘visual poetry’ with an ephemeral art form which is celebrating the ‘nowness’ of the moment in reality carries a huge potential towards the impossibility of creating poetry live. However, the term ‘visual poetry’ in connection with Performance Art is transformed into something different as live artistic actions can be poetic. This working method is anchored in the work of Performance Art pioneers such as DADA and Fluxus. In doing so, the body of the artist is the sheet of paper on which the action writes its text and creates poetic moments. (BBB Johannes Deimling)
Content of the project
1- IPA and PAS week workshop conducted by Jürgen Fritz and BBB Johannes Deimling.
Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to follow a substantive performance art workshop in the Netherlands. Therefore, we are delighted to invite you to IPA – PAS. An intensive week of masterclasses taught by the most prominent performance artists of today. IPA – PAS in the Netherlands is made for tenacious, true to their art and, preferably, experienced participants. During the full-time (7 hours) working days participants learn about performance, put their knowledge directly into practice and reflect on the process and outcomes afterwards. Participants will also benefit from expanding their network by making valuable connections with other performers from all over the world. After four days the groups will change so the participants can benefit from both teachers.
BBB Johannes Deimling is an acclaimed visual artist and teacher, known for his specific visual approach to Performance Art based on his term agierte Bilder (enacted images). Besides his own art practice Deimling has devoted much of his practice in researching the educational potential of Performance Art. In 2008 he founded the independent art & education project PAS | Performance Art Studies attended by emerging artists from all over the world. In October 2017 he co-organizes with the University Dresden in Germany the international Performance Art Symposium ‘ACT.MOVE.PERFORM.’
Jürgen Fritz is the artistic director of the IPA Summer. Since the founding of IPA in 2006 he is instrumental in the design and implementation of all events.1982 – 1990 he worked as a theater director, curator and actor, since 1984 as performance artist. He is co-founder of Black Market International, since the beginning of this international Cooperation of Performance Artists with whom he works since 1985. Since 1995 he is a lecturer in performance art at different Universities in Germany. He showed his performances in all countries of Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico Asia and Australia.
International Performance Association (IPA): www.i-pa.org
Jürgen Fritz: www.fritz-performance.de
Black Market International:
2) Expanding the Hague performance art scene:
We invite 6 local artists that are already busy in the performance art scene and select 6 artist more through an open call. All this performers present their works during last-day presentation.
The open call is for every artist that can contribute to the topic of the poetic in performance.
We want to give a chance to everyone to showcase their work which means we will not take into account only your professional resume, but rather your proposal. We wish to celebrate diversity in the performance art scene of the Hague and contribute to its unique cultural environment.
3) Morning-after talks
Saturday and Sunday mornings will be dedicated to discussions around the topic of contemporary performance practice. These talks are also aimed at bringing closer the performer and the spectator. The performers will be given the opportunity to answer questions from interested parties or to enter into a discussion on certain issues which are raised. We want to give the public the possibility to elaborate on what they have experienced and the artists get some valuable feedback.
In order to collect valuable ideas and information a Thought Wall will be created. Everybody is welcome to join in: the residents, public, visitors etc. There will be some questions asked and people can put their answers/opinions/observations (in a textual or any other form) on the wall. At the end of the week they will be collected and an online publication will be made. The Thought Wall would become a valuable reference and a document for further discussion. It will also serve as an inspiration for the workshop participants as well as a bridge between the performers and the audience.
Examples of questions: What does it mean poetic? What should art be about? How should artists express themselves? What are the important ways of future development for the arts? What is poetry in art?What is the most important subject for performance art? How can art be expressed through the body? What is poetic creativity? What is imagination? What is creativity today in 2017 for you? …
There will be continuous screenings of the performance works by international artists during the opening hours of Quatair space. Anyone eager to know more about performance might come and watch the video works.
6) Children workshop
On the 6th of July there will be a workshop for children. See PAS Youth and more info later.
program / agenda
26/06/17 – beginning IPA – PAS workshop till 03/07/17
30/06/17 – change of groups
04/07/17 – presentation workshops
05/07/17 – free day for workshop participants
05/07/17 – daytime performances at outdoor venues invited artists
06/07/17 – in the evening performance program
07/07/17 – in the morning morning-after talks / interviews
07/07/17 – in the evening performance program
08/07/17 – in the morning morning-after talks / interviews
08/07/17 – in the evening performance program
09/07/17 – in the morning workshop for children and presentation in the afternoon