In collaboration with the Alberta University of the Arts, M:ST presents PAS — Performance Art Studies (Germany), a professional studio that is offering intensive studies to young artists, art students and other interested people in Performance Art since 2008. The aim of these studies is to provide the participants a unique form of classes about the big topic of Performance Art and to include the participants into the international network. PAS is a place of artistic research, mediation and new orientation.
Part of programming for M:ST 5.5
performance art studies was created by german artist and pedagogue bbb johannes deimling in january 2008 with the interest of establishing a platform for artistic and social dialogue in order to shape a space for constant, critical learning and exploration its inexhaustible potential between performance art and other art genres. the studies consist of gatherings of people, who are interested in sharing experiences, view points and visions in which collective, artistic experiments are made and widen the perspective and perception through participation and sharing. the process-based experiments are learning tools for sharpening ones view on the world and questioning our role as humans and creative workers.
since performance art constantly expands and develops, there remains a huge field of unknown and undiscovered territory, which could offer solutions for artistic and non-artistic research, production and reflection. stating this means: the main learning tool within a PAS study is the process of which we are uncertain where it will lead us. this process is directed to all involved without restrictions and mainly guided by the agreed experiments. this openness towards the PAS process implies the logic that each and every one involved is using his or hers potential to sculpt the space in which we are learning, exploring and creating. aiming beyond the question ‘how do we create a performance art piece?’ is the soul of PAS process.
the main source of a performance work is the present body of a person who presents an artistic concept in front of a present audience in space and time. therefore PAS understands performance art as a social art form and embraces diversity of those involved in its artistic processes. skin color, age, gender, religion, political stance, social or cultural backgrounds are understood as qualities, and as tools to generate intersections where learning actually happens. the differences are treated equally and thought of as artistic formulas like color, shape, size, body, space, time, materials, which are the subjects of our artistic endeavors. this is essentially needed since the occurring intersections between humans, forms, opinions and artistic visions provide the potential to touch the unknown and create something that we would be unable to discover on our own. during this vivid process we constantly inspire, demand and challenge ourselves as a crucial deed for changing perspective and allowing content of others to be displayed. this, then could adapt or integrate within our working processes and attitudes. the collective learning pool has a very legible aim: the ‘i’ needs to transform into a unique readable sign, which addresses the other in order to start a dialogue.