Quotidian Displacements at Dresden Academy

This weeklong workshop on performative art practices focuses on the intersection of the artistic gesture and everyday life. What is at stake when art traverses life and their distinct codes intertwine? And, to the point of this workshop, what possibilities does this encounter present for artists who engage the performative mode?

These and other questions are addressed throughout the week through a series of brief lectures, summarized readings and, most important, practical assignments. The focus is on performative actions that can be done quickly and with minimal means so that participants can develop their ideas against the provided models and understand the building blocks needed for the formulation of their own vocabularies.

Participants Tatjana Bikic, Fabian Glass, Franziska Goralski, Olga Grigorjewa, Theo Huber, Jiyoung Kim, Verena Kogler, Sophia Mix, Lisa Pahlke, Henrike Pilz, Andreas Schliebenow, Adéla Součková, Ida Westheuser, Levi Wolffe, and Marit Wolters.

Instructor: Alex Villar (Guest Professor) invited by Prof. Monika Brandmeier

May 6 — 10, 2013
Dresden Academy of Fine Arts Güntzstraße 34, 01307 Dresden, Germany

April 6, Monday

10:00 – 11:00
Introductory remarks
Meet in the workshop room
Logistics: week schedule, email list, performances list, meetings plan
Terminology: performance and performativity; rules, norms, and normalization; documentation and mediation

11:00 – 12:00
De-contextualization assignment
Meet in the workshop room
Examples: Hélio Oiticica’s Parangolés and building relocation

12:00 – 13:00
Group lunch
Meet by the school’s cafeteria

13:00 – 16:00
Performances
Meet at school and other sites in the city

Andreas Schliebenow and Theo Huber Bathroom Ping Pong
3 mins

Tatjana Bikic
Public Bedroom
15min

Henrike Pilz
Caressing Objects

Marit Wolters, Airplane safety routine, meadow at Guenzstrasse’s studios, 10min

16:00 – 17:00
Individual meeting
Theo Huber at his studio

April 7, Tuesday

9:00 – 10:00
Individual meeting
Marit Wolters at café

10:00 – 12:00
Disruption Assignment
Meet in the workshop room
Feedback: breaking character, beginning and ending an action
Example: Gordon Matta-Clark’s Splitting

12:00 – 13:00
Group lunch
Meet at Turkish restaurant

13:00 – 17:00
Performances
Travel together to several sites in the city

Sophia Mix
Stuck at Bus Stop
1 hour

Tatjana Bikic
Hair shaving at Mensa, during lunch
15min

Ida Westheuser
Hugs, 10 min

Levi Wolffe
Pragerstrasse
Hand shake
15 min

May 7, Wednesday

10:00 – 12:00
Deviation Assignment
Meet at the workshop room*
Example: de-tour

12:00 – 13:00
Individual meeting
Tatjana Bikic at school’s yard

13:00 – 14:00
Group lunch
Meet at the school’s cafeteria
Impromptu performance by Theo Huber, voice and tape recorded story

14:00 – 16:00
Performances
Meet at the workshop room
Verena Kogler, and Theo Huber

Theo Huber
Recording inviting tourists to enter school

19:00 – 20:00
Alex Villar’s lecture
Meet at Auditorium
Interventions by Marit Wolters, Theo Huber, Sophia Mix, Lisa Pahlke

May 8, Thursday

9:00 – 10:00
Individual meeting
Levi Wolffe at café

10:00 – 12:00
Destabilization Assignment
Meet at the workshop room
Example: Jan Bas Adler’s (crying, tripping, falling)

12:00 – 13:00
Individual meeting
Sophia Mix at café

13:00 – 16:00
Performances
Meet at several sites

Olga Grigorjewa
Table Top

Levi Wolffe
Weight Accident

Andreas Schliebenow
and Fabian Glass
Balancing plastic sheet

16:00 – 17:00
Individual meeting
Lisa Pahlke at her studio

17:00 – 18:00
Individual meeting
Jiyoung kim at restaurant

18:00 – 19:00
Individual meeting
Adéla Součková at restaurant

19:00 – 20:00
Individual meeting
Ida Westheuser at restaurant

May 9, Friday

10:00 – 12:00
Discrepancy Assignment
Meet at the workshop room
Example: Artur Zmijewski’s KR WP (Polish National Guard)

12:00 – 13:00
Individual meeting
Fabian Glass at his studio

13:00 – 14:00
Performances
Meet at several sites

Sophia Mix
Blank Slate
15 min

Lisa Pahlke
Legless Shopping
11 min

Olga Grigorjewa
Gray and Red Umbrellas

Franziska Goralski
Sidewalk Cleaning
5 min

Jiyoung Kim
Beyonce poster
2 min

Theo Huber, Lisa Pahlke, Fabian Glass, et al, Stepping up with rules

14:00 – 16:00
Group lunch
Meet in the workshop room

16:00 – 17:00
Individual meeting
Olga Grigorjewa at her studio

17:00 – 18:00
Individual meeting
Franziska Goralski at her studio



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