Monday June 04 to Thursday, 07 2012
The Performance Art Workshop T.a.T. takes place with max. 6 participants
Workshop begins Monday 04.06. 2012 at 9:30 am
Costs: € 200 per Person (4 days contact teaching)
Application 2 month prior date (UK with £ 20 deposit) via kunstwirkstoff.de
email your name and dates to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants must have their own insurance - organiser kunstwirkstoff is not liable
Accommodation at Hotel am Park
Bed and Breakfast in private house
workshop location: Atelier Dagmar Glausnitzer-Smith
Optional Trip to dOCUMENTA (13): opening on June 9, 2012
kunstwirkstoff und T.a.T. Performance Art Workshops
T.a.T. means pure action
Each workshop is an introduction into the serious play: the relationship of body, space, object and time. Space becomes part of the idea of the world during live experience of action and observation. Creative life, and the process of making art and being the artist are seen as conjunctive and inseparable from every day life. The concept combines various ways of individual perception and states of awareness. It is an introduction to the shifting of personal perspective. Please bring an object, a written piece of text.
Is it possible to teach Performance Art?
The objective of the workshop is to bring together all creative effort into one whole.
The self-development in a workshop arises from teaching methods, which are reflective at all times and mirror certain views and attitudes towards materials, objects and their relationships. The character of the workshop is combined:
The feeling of kinship with the elements of one field of art increases with the invention of relationships and connections. These relationships as part of a whole problem on a broader philosophical base become the search for synthesis in general.
The taught workshop T.a.T. for performance art is not the practice of extreme specializations of a singular art form or media or method. It is the body as object placed into a different context. This would separate the artistic endeavour and process and create a wall in front of the origins of idea creation, which has been explored during the workshop situation. It means training of fingertip sensitivity, understanding creative principles and nature's intrinsic kinship to Art. The most powerful dream of the artist is of no value if his or her fingertips are incapable of following the 'dictates' of this dream with utmost precision and concentration. This is made visible by passion, (a strike of energy.)
A clearly recognizable goal enables one to distinguish between concerns of fundamental visual relationships and concerns for their representation, only to reject the latter and move into 'objecthood'.
Joseph Beuys said once :" ...if things are not calling me, I will not go to them."
¦ T.a.T. pure Action, preparation and identifying materials
The body is the medium of creative fluids reaching the world. Each participant explores the body's independent notions and in close observation risks to disembark from known, conventional behavior patterns. The workshop opens possibilities for different interpretations and points of view. A so-called identity can be left behind.
The practical experience starts with identifying a moment in time and an action taking place in it. The artist /student learns to become 'Ambassador' between the world of materials, objects and the source of his/her own ideas, influences and interventions. Performance as art is not a medium or a style, it is a situation where the artist is aware of the material relationship of cause and effect but with the focus for a non-reflective 'self': ... it is a paradigm, the relationship between transformation and translation (Boris Nieslony, 2002).
The ability to expand and to create images
The workshop's exercises concentrate on ways to experience a material expansion and mental expansion in relation to spaces or locations. The presence or absence of body and space already establishes a certain image to the viewer. It is the aim to gain full consciousness and observe how this image is being transmitted. Most familiar aspects of personality and understanding of 'self' can be observed and analyzed. Therefore the sense of 'self' can be objectified releasing spontaneity and unplanned action. The physical and mental body expands.
The viewer of the Performance Art Action (free from theatrical implications) in the public field is fixated towards 'the reading' of an image and to make sense according to known conventional situations. However the created images of the artists reach towards the frontiers of familiar faculties and provoke different questions.
It is important to learn and to inquire how the action can take place. The meaning of locations and places have to be re-interpreted.
Some key words:
The objective is a sensitive fusion of individual, inner-images and awareness, which is being transpired through the action
This is the place for dialog.
© Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith 2012, Germany