For more than 30 years the German artist and art pedagogue BBB Johannes Deimling is internationally active and known in the field of Performance Art with his “enacted images (agierte Bilder)," a term he has used since 1989 for his works. The performance images of the artist are initially created purely visual but gradually access to all the senses to form a holistic view on the banalities of everyday life with all its challenges and changes. Based on Deimling’s daily observations of the world, these ephemeral images can be seen as condensed moments and metaphorical triggers. It is not about what you see, but more about what you don’t see.
Within the social space performance art is offering, Deimling’s images are generating nonverbal, visual dialogues where images replace words, creating an artistic atmosphere and leave plenty of space for individual interpretation and access. And right here, the actual images appear, the centre focus of Deimling’s artistic research: the non-visible images each audience member creates in their minds while seeing and discovering the performance. The moment ‘now’ is here at its peak: perception is triggered, activated and responding. There is no given direction or right or wrong in how these images must be seen, analyzed or valued. Stimulating the mind to reflect or even rethink our views on the world is combined with purposeful use of gesture, movement, and materials. These three components are mastered by Deimling over the years and establish his unique, poetic art language. To sharpen one’s view is Deimling’s intention.
This performance was pre-recorded as the artist was currently staying on a remote farm in Brazil without a stable internet connection. The work is performed where he was stuck when international borders where closed due to COVID-19.
Date: Sunday, April 26
Time: 1:00pm MDT / 3:00pm AMT / 9:00pm CET
Streamed from: Brazil
BBB Johannes Deimling (born 1st June 1969 in Andernach, Germany; 2016 married to Polish photographer Monika Deimling) is an internationally renowned artist and pedagogue. Deimling's visual, poetic performative works are particularly important. He has created the term "enacted images (agierte Bilder)" that describes his approach to performance art.
BBB Johannes Deimling has invested much of his artistic research into the teaching and learning of performance art processes. His interest lies in the pedagogics, didactics and the social aspect of performance art.
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