BBB Johannes Deimling

Works for Live Art Denmark
2015: “It Won’t Always Grow Back” and “Freedom”, Live Art for Børn at Arken

“It won’t always grow back “
Collaborating with his former student Lotte Kaiser he performed on a set of stairs situated in an unusual position in the corner of one of the museum’s galleries. Brightly colored materials, including yellow gift wrapping paper, white paper stars and blue paper napkins, were displayed and dispersed across the stairs. All actions are carried out in a never changing moderate tempo and in perfect unison. The artists tie straw around their feet and walk a while in their straw shoes, tie the paper stars around their heads and throw glittering confetti. A purely visual, sensual experience, for which, Johannes claims, as for all of his performances, no logical explanation canbe given, except, “perhaps, in poetry only”.

The group performance, also to be found on the above video, is the result of a week long workshop that Johannes held with students of Copenhagen International School. In an different part of the Arken building they carry around large letters cut out of brown cardboard, until they finally lline up in a row to spell the word “Freedom”.

11999947_10153688629944273_986271696_nParts of the performance can be seen on the above video after minute 26.

BBB01About the Artist
For over 15 years BBB Johannes Deimling has invested much of his artistic research into the teaching and learning of performative processes. In 2008 he founded the independent educational and artistic project PAS performance art studies, which holds festivals, studies and events on performance globally. From 2012 to 2016 he held the position of associate professor for performance art at NTA – Norwegian Theatre Academy at the Østfold University College.

Works and info can be found on the websites for BBB Johannes Deimling and PAS.

Om liveart_dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.