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Performance Art Workshop: SITE EFFECT - PAS #78

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SITE EFFECT

An 8-day learning program on site-specific and time-specific Performance Art practice in collaboration with STRE!FEN Performance Art Festival in Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland). Led by the PAS | Team: BBB Johannes Deimling, Laurence Beaudoin Morin and Monika Deimling.

For the third time PAS is collaborating with the STRE!FEN Performance Art Festival in Görlitz and Zgorzelec. After two successful PAS studies in 2020 and 2021 we continue the bonds and exchange that we have established to deepen site-specific performance art research.

Click here to see the process publication of PAS #74 | “SITE SEEING” in 2021

Click here to see the festival catalog of STRE!FEN 2021

The main topic of the collaboration between PAS | Performance Art Studies and STRE!FEN is the site-specific approach to performance art practice, theory and philosophy. Since the start of this collaboration each PAS | Study is researching urban spaces on both sides of the German-Polish border urban spaces that would create a resonance through performance art.

With “SITE-EFFECT” we want to examine the possibilities of urban sites and spaces through performance that would influence the surrounding of a chosen site. The aim is to extend the impact of an action in urban spaces that can be understood as a trigger to provoke artistic side effects.

The city is the ‘classroom’

The focus of PAS #78 | “SITE EFFECT” is the site-specific and time-specific approach of performance art practice, theory and philosophy. The border cities Görlitz (Germany) and Zgorzelec (Poland) will be our classroom and the center of attention for the site-specific artistic research which will lead to public performances at different spots in the cities – on both sides of the border. We will explore and discover the border cities by bike and by foot and research its historic, political, architectural and social potential for performance art purpose.

Site-specific performance art

“If you work site-specific, you need to be very specific with the site” (BBB Johannes Deimling)

The term site-specific describes artistic production in close relation with a physical site. Since its appearance in performance art the term “site-specific performance” has influenced and inspired performance art practice and theory until today.

One could state that each performance work is site-specific since it is always happening in a spatial context and corresponding in one way or the other with the surrounding in which it appears. This thought is supported by the fact that our human body is not able to leave space since it surrounds us the moment we start growing in the uterus.

But the term “site-specific” describes not only a form or state of being but more a working method, a research practice which resonates in so many fields alongside the arts: ecology, humanity, history, politics, time, etc. The spatial context, the site-specific aspect of artistic production, presentation and perception is a reservoir of diverse and – it seems – endless artistic potential to create site related artworks.

The site-specific research is strongly connected to time. A performance will look different in a context of time that goes as far as the site-specific research. It is not only the context to the current situation, but also very profound aspects like day and night or summer and winter or any other connection that time can build in cooperation with a space. The dialogue between site and time will generate vivid artistic research that will create strong and responding performance art works.

STRE!FEN

The German word “Streifen” means stripe, but also to touch, to graze, to roam, to swipe and combines a lot of other sensual meanings. STRE!FEN stands in its meanings firstly for the abstract form, which can be space, border and connection at the same time, secondly for the light, gentle touch and thirdly for the unintentional but exploratory movement. A special space. A special contact. A special movement.

The various meanings of the word “Streifen/streifen” will be the method of our artistic research. Görlitz and Zgorzelec are used as an art space, we work in the social, cultural and political context of the city, we deal with local conditions and structures, architecture, history and above all – with the people.

The border between Görlitz and Zgorzelec is marked by a river (Neiße) a moving stripe which is a contact point, gentle and careful, sometimes unintentional, a sensing, exploring and a first perception of another existence. How do we meet each other?  How do we go on? Are we curious about each other?

Schedule:
14 August 2022: official start 10:00, place to be announced
14 – 20 August 2022: practical studies and research in both border cities
20 August 2022: final presentation (throughout the whole day at different locations in the cities)
21 August 2022: reflection, brunch and closing day, departure (15:00)

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14. – 21. August 2022
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August, 2022
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Regular fee: € 310 (Price does NOT include travel and accommodation costs) Early bird price: € 250 for registrations until 1. July 2022.
Qualification: 
Certificate and the medal of performance

Performance Art Workshop: Distorted Horizon - PAS #76

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DISTORTED HORIZON

A 7-day learning program on performance art in urban spaces in collaboration with KTO teatr, Kraków, Poland with a public presentation day at old market square in Kraków. Led by BBB Johannes Deimling.

If we are lost in a city, we take our phone and check our location, type the place where we want to end up and just follow the proposed instructions. To reach our destination is often more important than the way itself, so we stick to the lines on the map and navigate through the city labyrinth. And we can assume that we are not the only ones walking in this way. Others might not need these maps anymore, because they know their ways and even shortcuts. And a cat moves very individually through the city like humans would probably not do.

A horizon is often described romantically as something wide and open, something far away and something unreachable. But even in the city we have horizons, and they change by each turn we take and every step we go further. It is often close and shifts due to the movement inside the city architecture. The city horizon seems to be reachable, and we know that another horizon opens up the closer we approach it.

When we walk down the street, the lived reality deviates from what we can see on our screen or on the city map. While we roam around in the city, we leave traces of our presence behind and discover with each step the space in front of us. A particular atmosphere is created by the rhythms of the steps, the crossings, the stops, the detours, the gatherings. A sound texture made of snippets of conversations and horns, a hole in the sidewalk or a puddle to go around, a prohibition sign or an attractive shop window come to inform our experience of the city. They distort our horizons. In the distortion is the experience of the city and it’s personal and collective appropriation.

Distortion is the alteration of the original shape of something, such as an object or a situation. In the art world, a distortion is any change made by an artist to the size, shape, or visual character of a form to express an idea, convey a feeling or enhance visual impact.

In PAS #76 | “Distorted Horizon”, we will explore the city from an angle that is between specific locations: what is happening in transit, on our way and how we can use these observations to create performance art works that are focusing on the personal horizons of the people and their transition movements. We try to capture the energy that runs through the streets and reveal a surprising, captivating, and rich dialogue with the urbanity.

Based on this research we will present our final performance in the heart of the city Krakow: On the old market square where all these aspects are condensed in one place. The performances will question how we can we contribute with a distortion to attract attention and how to establish an artistic dialogue.

Schedule:
5 July 2022: official start 10:00 at KTO teatr (Jana Zamoyskiego 50, 30-523 Kraków)
5 – 10 July 2022: practical studies and research in the city of Kraków
10 July 2022: final presentation (throughout the whole day at old market square in Kraków)
11 July 2022: reflection, brunch and closing day, departure (15:00)

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5 -11 July 2022
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July, 2022
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Regular fee: € 450 (Price includes accommodation and meals, but not travel costs) Early bird price: € 390 for registrations until 30 May 2022
Qualification: 
Certificate and the medal of performance

Botanical Embroidery with Ciara Callaghan

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Over six weeks students will begin by learning basic embroidery techniques and then develop more technical skills in silk shading/ thread painting. These techniques will be used to create a realistic embroidery of a plant or flower of the student's choice. This is a slow and mindful course that will allow students the time and support to develop a new skill while enjoying the flow state of needlework and a deeper connection to nature. 

1. Learning and experimenting with basic embroidery techniques and image transferring skills 

2. Learning more complicated silk shading techniques such as color blending and practising them in combination with the basic embroidery techniques from the previous week 

3. Choosing the botanical image we would like to work with, selecting colours and transferring the image onto fabric. Planning our embroideries. 

4. Working to build a realistic leaf using silk shading and paying attention to structure, light and angle to create a realistic 3D effect 

5. Working to build a realistic petal using silk shading and paying attention to structure, light and angle to create a realistic 3D effect.

6. Looking at which techniques can be used to add detail to stem, pistil and stamen 

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Wednesdays 12.30am–3pm (Six Week Course)
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June, 2022 to July, 2022
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£150

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Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Parklands
Milton Keynes
MK14 5DZ

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hello@miltonkeynesartscentre.org

Watercolour Painting with Julia Roach

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A 5-week structured course: Where participants will hone their previous watercolours skills and gain understanding of new watercolour techniques and approaches Opportunity to explore artist styles both historical and contemporary, depict toadstools, butterfly’s /landscapes inspired by Great Linford and Milton Keynes.

Week1: The woodland floor depicting toadstools and some foliage. Create textures using masking fluids / dry brush, sponging and lifting out. A stop start approach to guide participants through this delightful watercolour approach.

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Mondays 12.30–3.00pm (Five Week Course)
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June, 2022 to July, 2022
Price: 
£140

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Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Parklands
Milton Keynes
MK14 5DZ

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hello@miltonkeynesartscentre.org

Decorative Surfaces in Jewellery with Katherine Richmond

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Throughout this 5 week course you will be able to explore a range of jewellery making techniques and decorative surface applications on metal such as texturing, married metals and patinas and will use these to create bespoke jewellery such as a ring, pendant/earrings and a bangle. A variety of set projects will enable you to explore the techniques and develop key skills in designing, piercing, filing, forming, soldering, and finishing in silver, gilding metal and copper. Katherine will provide 121 support to help develop your learning and understanding of jewellery making using metal and to enable you to confidently apply the techniques to create professionally finished jewellery items.

The course will be taught through practical demonstration, 121 support, individual projects, handouts and group activities. It is a practical hands on course where you will be able to explore using the wide range of tools and equipment used to make silver jewellery and use them to create your own designs. Examples will be shown and you will also refer to other designer’s work for inspiration. A small amount of optional homework will be set each week to enhance you experience of the course and develop your design development skills.

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Mondays 6.30–9pm (Five Week Course)
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June, 2022 to July, 2022
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£140

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Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Parklands
Milton Keynes
MK14 5DZ

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hello@miltonkeynesartscentre.org

Basic Drawing Principles with Sarah Wright

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“To draw we need to learn how to ‘see’, to do this we need to understand the five perceptual skills of drawing” 
Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. 

Join us for this five-week intensive drawing course, based around the 5 basic principles of drawing: Line and Edge; Shape and Space, Light and Darks, Relationships and Bringing it Together. 

Increase your confidence as we discover the basic principles of drawing together. Be prepared to make lots of ‘mistakes’- the best way to learn - and do lots of practice! 

Week 1: Line and Edge - using a range of drawing tools including pencil, graphite, charcoal and erasers to explore the shape and quality of line.

Week 2: Shape and Space – looking for negative space in the pose and applying it to shape what you are drawing, using chalks, coloured pastels, and coloured paper.

Week 3: Lights and Darks – using a charcoal ground and putty rubbers, to explore shading and highlights and to create improved three dimensional form in your drawings.

Week 4: Relationships – use guides and artist techniques to create more accurate perspective and proportion in your drawings, using colour and texture.

Week 5: Bringing it together – the opportunity to choose your preference of materials, to create an artwork applying all the skills and techniques covered on the course. 

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Tuesdays 6.30–9.00pm (Five Week Course)
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June, 2022 to July, 2022
Price: 
£140

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Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Parklands
Milton Keynes
MK14 5DZ

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