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BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: <i>What is performance art?</i> and <i>Timeline of performance art</i>

BBB Johannes Deimling's reply to our projects: What is performance art? and Timeline of performance art

BBB Johannes Deimling, 2012-07-06

Performance Art is an art form, like painting, drawing, writing, poetry, installation, video, photography, sculpture, installation, architecture, object, theatre, dance, film, music... it is a way to express thoughts and ideas in an artistic manner, a tool to create art. Performance Art is located within a broader field called Action Art, which historically emerged in Europe after the Second World War. Performance art is the creative act of an artist in front of, or with an audience at a certain place/space/site and during a certain timeframe it forms the centre of attention. During a live process the artist and his actions are transformed into a general readable sign.



What is performance art?

Performance Art is nothing holy, nothing special, and nothing extraordinary. Performance Art is often misunderstood as ‘the idea of being an artist', as possessing a cool attitude different from other artistic articulations, a way to separate oneself to be special. The openness of Performance Art is misunderstood as independence and license to do whatever you want to do. This is a misleading way of thinking, that everything is allowed in the creation of Performance Art. However, at the end of the term we call it art, the art of performance. What makes it special or extraordinary, but never holy, is HOW we use this art form and HOW we articulate our concepts within this art form. But this is also possible to do in painting, theatre, music, etc… in the same way. Because we use our body, our personality, our ego to create Performance Art pieces instead of a brush, paint, wood, steal... it makes it somehow special, complicated and often irrationally interpreted.

As an artist I don’t want to answer the question ‘What is performance art?’ at all, because I already express what I want to say in my performance art pieces. If I could talk about it, about what it is that categorises my works as Performance Art, I would then speak or write about it and it wouldn’t put such effort into the creation of these art pieces. It is also strange to me to answer directly after a performance, questions about what I have done. In a way it is the same question “What is Performance Art?”. I need time to myself to reflect upon those things I have done during my performance. I would love the audience to trust themselves a bit more to interpret what they have seen and experienced. Always we want explanations and answers. Probably we are too shy, but often we are simply too lazy, or even don’t trust our own perception in order to find our own answers. As an artist I like to ask questions and not to give answers. And in addition artists also make their tea – like all others - simply with hot water.

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Timeline of performance art

I presented my first public performance in May 1988. I was invited by the German artists Karin Meiner and Manfred Hammes († 2006) to do a performance at a small music and art festival near my hometown Andernach. I put a big white canvas on the ground, threw hundreds of eggs on it, poured glue and red pigments onto the eggs, mixed it with a broom and brushed the white canvas red. Next, I held the red canvas around my shoulders like a cloak, placed a crown on my head and left the place slowly.


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