ACT.MOVE.PERFORM. Performancesymposium, Dresden, 30.09.-08.10.2017


The symposium ACT. MOVE. PERFORM. Performance Art and Performativity in Art, Education and Research provides an insight into contemporary, aesthetic and educational approaches to performativity and performance art. It will take place from September 30th to October 8th, 2017 in Dresden, Germany.

Please contact our student associate Paulina Kaping via Email (plh.kaping@hotmail.de) until 22.09.2017, if you would like to attend only one of the workshops. This information will help with planning and preparing the event.

Here you can see an overview of when and where things are going to happen: structure of the week.

// artistic opening on 30.9.’17 at 4 pm, at “Zentralwerk” (Riesaer Str. 32 / 01127 Dresden / room “Farbwerk”).
// Following this, performances by BBB Johannes Deimling, the performance group Seite.30 as well as by three students of TU Desden.
// On Sunday, 1.10.’17, starting at 2 pm until 8 pm performances by: Stefanie Trojan, Vivian Chinasa Ezugha, Dorothea Rust, Nezaket Ekici, Wolfgang Sautermeister and Arti Grabowski.
// Israeli atist Kineret Haya Max will perform live on Wednesday, 4.10. in Siebeneichen castle

// opening of our performance week on 2.10.’17 at 9.15am in the large hall of Siebeneichen castle. The number of participants for each workshop is limited, but you get the valuable chance to register in the second half of the week for another workshop with a different artist.
// The first workshop series will start on Monday, 2.10., at 10am
// The second workshop series will start on Wednesday, 4.10., at 2:30pm

// Monday until Thursday you have the opportunity to attend evening lectures of the artists. They will talk about their individual artistic strategies and procedures.

6.10., in the afternoon:
// After lunch we will start our way to Dresden to enjoy the presentation of performances BBB Johannes Deimling worked on with his pupils at Albertinum. After a conversation and hot drink with BBB Johannes Deimling and his workshop group we will then say goodbye.

We are looking forward to productive teamwork and welcoming you at Siebeneichen!

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The symposium is conformed to national and international art educators, artists, students of art and theater studies, theater and museum educators, as well as young academics in the field of art and theater education, urban performance, theater studies, philosophy, educational sciences, media sciences, art- and cultural studies. Moreover, there will be activities for interested pupils.

Performativity is depicted as inner and outer imagery generated by typified action and thus is the phenomenological basis for research in different fields of science. Performance art, mostly presented live by the artists, is an art form which develops moving multi-media imagery. The pedagogy of performativity is an educational practice which supports experimental open research and activity settings to initiate integrated learning. Contemporary artistic research strongly refers to performative processes and creates references between different forms of acquisition and science, art, and society. Aesthetic contemporary research questions strongly refer to performative processes and establish connections.

These different positions and approaches are represented in the symposium via three dimensions:

  1. International artists’ as well as students’ and pupils’ presentations of contemporary performances.
  2. Performance art teaching by renowned artists aiming at the development of single or group performances in weeklong workshops.
  3. Young academics’ symposium, discussing and presenting research questions about theories of performativity and its functional inter-disciplinary relations to education, sciences, politics and art.

The symposium contributes to scientific, pedagogic and artistic discourse on contents, forms of teaching and aims of performance teaching, as well as activity-based forms of learning in schools, universities, art institutions and in the field of extracurricular cultural education.