Berlin 2017

The Marathon -

2017 Berlin Performance Art Workshop


Luisa Catucci Gallery

Neukölln / Berlin - Germany


Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith, Zierle & Carter,

PASHIAS and Francesco Kiàis

29th May - 5th June 2017


€350 per person


Performance Art Workshop “The Marathon” returns this year to Berlin, consisting of eight consecutive workshop days from the 29th of May until the 5th of June 2017. Hosted by Luisa Catucci Gallery in Neukölln – the Schiller Kiez neighbourhood in the heart of Berlin – participants will be guided through an introductory day, a series of diverse workshop days set up by each facilitator, a final presentation of their own live performances and a feedback session on the following and final day. “The Marathon” will be guided by international artists Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith, Zierle & Carter, PASHIAS and Francesco Kiàis, within the gallery space and in the public arena.
Image: "The Relativity of Number 1 (going primitive)" by Eva Isleifs, 2016,
Commissioned by Kunst Vardo, Photo by Eirik Slyngstad


Luisa Catucci Gallery

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Often used as a metaphor for strenuous efforts and concentration, the ‘marathon’ aims at reaching a ‘finish line’. But a ‘marathon’ runner learns to distribute energy on the way, making of every step a ‘goal’ and of every path a ‘purpose’.
Building its initial route in Greece hosted by epitelesis – Performance Art Foundation and in Cyprus hosted by Sensorium Space, this experiential workshop offers participants a unique and intense input/collaboration with five internationally established artists, in order to experience an array of methodologies and processes of performance art, whilst being actively encouraged to delve into their own new and unchartered territory. By inviting each participant to discover a personal journey, the ‘marathon’ offers a route into five stages of diverse artistic and pedagogical approaches, in order to generate a common territory to meet, share and give space for risk taking, whilst shifting the parameters of artistic creation.
On Sunday 4th of June, the journey of each participant will be transformed into a new ‘starting line’ by leading into a final event of live performances open to the public, organized according to their resulting work. Before the workshop week, the 4th International Performance Art Weekend – 136.10 Hertz, a two day event on May 27th and 28th hosted by Luisa Catucci Gallery, will present the practice of all workshop facilitators amongst 20 local and international artists, allowing both participants and the public to experience the artists’ own ‘marathon’ route of performance.


4th Performance Art Weekend “136.10 Hertz”
Live performance art series featuring workshop facilitators & international artists at Luisa Catucci Gallery.
See website for details.
Arrivals / First Meeting
Meeting at Luisa Catucci Gallery 5pm (Participants should arrive in Berlin no later than 4pm)
Sculpting Action – By Zierle & Carter
See workshop description below …
NOT A R.A.M. – By Francesco Kiàis
See workshop description below …
Stream-Walker – By Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith
See workshop description below …
Training for performance #6 – By PASHIAS
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Individual tutorials / Planning Final Event
“scrutari”* – Live performances presented by workshop participants
*from Latin scrutinium, from scrutari to search
Reflection / Feedback


We will share with you our experiences and personal perspectives on performance art through a highly experiential exploration of our working methods from our personal toolbox.

Here we find a number of physical and mental processes and experiments, statements and beliefs that have helped us to expand, deepen our practice, and have continuously lead us into new territories.

We will look at the more visible components of a performance practice, such as the body, time/duration, space, materials and objects, within the context of ‘sculpting experiences’, as well as explore the more hidden components, such as intention, emotions, inner senses, intuition, focus and visioning.

We will explore mind-body centring exercises as well as some body-space perception exercises as methods of arriving into a place of enhanced embodiment and presence and as preparation for the process and material led approaches.

We will experiment with material led processes that will lead us into an intimate dialogue with chosen material/objects and will give us the ability to explore its essence, letting it guide our actions and allowing us to really listen to what qualities captivate us and want to be expressed through us. Through this journey the materials/objects can become an extension of our bodies and we are able to put aside our conventional societal and cultural filters and find new meanings/experiences.

We will learn how to switch off the intellect, the critic, the logical mind, to welcome intuition as an ally and guide, opening a space for raw, authentic poetic actions, and finding a balance between instinctive and rationally inspired thinking.

We will encourage participants to explore and expand their visual/action-based vocabulary offering exercises and methods to gain new perspectives and insights into live performance practice. This is a predominantly experientially focused workshop, based on first hand embodied experience, however we will give insights into our work, our performance ethics, methodologies and approaches.

We will introduce methods of personal reflection throughout the workshop through experimental forms of documentation and record keeping.

Other aspects to touch upon: Alchemical processes and symbolismShape-shifting as performance practiceRitualised ActionsThe sculptural language and aesthetics of performanceThe fabric of the everydayDynamic provocationsActions and their ripple effectTraces left behindIntention as MaterialHow do you treat your audience?Humour and sincerityReversing orders and turning things inside outHow to arrive at meaningful questions?

Each of us is place, homeland, roots, identity, and the loss of all this. In our ideal run through the city, out of its collective and general rhythm, we will create small opportunities to each of these places to declare themselves.

In a path of images and thoughts, -in which I will lead you in the fourth and final day of the workshop -, we will consider concepts and forms of past and present, in relation to the theme MARATHON / NOT A R.A.M. (Random Access Memory).

It will follow a short moment of walking through the zone around, to collect materials and ideas for the afternoon indoor actions.

A second phase will be devoted to the physical work, on the limit, balance, duration, presence, and their opposites. Like intersecting paths, we will move in a synchronic action of all the individuals of the workshop and, later, in a series of solitaire paths, producing single ephemeral situations.

Through the aesthetic knowledge and experience (αισθητική = aisthitiki = of the senses) the founding characteristics of the Polis (the city) are filtered and transcended in forms, images, and emotions: individual gestures, that are able to re-create reality, and potentially change it.

Stream-Walker is a day with in-situ Live Action /Performance Exercise. The learning process assesses cultural experiences with ‘local’ people, urban settings and country-specific places and the abundance of ‘raw’ or ‘fabricated’ materials. It creates links to artists working practices in the process of intervention and adaptation of ‘foreign’ encounters: experiencing language with ‘street impressions’. The connections between the social and environmental signs link with the idea of subjectivity, which is tending to become a recourse of the consideration of Self. Expectations are changing places and ‘images’.

The live body of the workshop participant and his/her consideration of presentation politics are being negotiated against the plane of immanence and becomes a highly absorbent ‘body’ as material in the understanding of the “now”. At the root of the art-making process here lies the production of subjectivity in a far less specific event than to manifest a method: an action with and alongside a foreign cultural background. Individual action and interaction gives rise to clarity of a situation, understanding and image making processes, which invite personal generosity and fuels the viewer’s impression and memory during the final presentation day.

At the beginning of the day, workshop participants will be introduced to the artist’s new series of work entitled “Training for performance”, as an attempt to establish an active connection between the art of performance and the field of athleticism. PASHIAS draws upon the positioning of the human body as an agent of energy, skill, aesthetic qualities and potentiality, as used in the activity of sports. Through an examination of what it means to ‘compete’ and to ‘complete’ a specific aim, the body comes in contact with another entity or with the parameters of its own self, in a similar manner that the artist reaches an audience through the embodiment of his own presence. In “Training for performance”, drawing upon references from the time of antiquity to the present day, the body ‘in action’ is presented as a political body that confirms, tests and disrupts the functioning of a social ensemble.

In continuation, the participants alongside the artist, will use this initiation into ‘training’ as an attempt to tackle performance art in terms of a continuous preparation for ‘something to come’ – an intention/aspiration for a future situation – instead of a final result with a clear ending. Each individual’s practice will be approached in terms of ‘imagery’, in which duration is sliced into a tight series of slides/images. For instance, the plethora of imagery – as a pool of reference, situated within Greek mythology and antiquity, can serve as a starting point both literally and metaphorically, for the artist’s body. Artistic practices, such as sculpture and painting, as well as our daily routine and urban settings, can offer imagery of a body ‘in position’.

Using this body as a ‘first step’, the participants will be encouraged to make use of a two-dimensional image, a three-dimensional object, into an all-senses experience, and locate the moment of performance within these levels of creation. As implied in “Training for performance”, participants can move beyond the idea of an ‘athletic’ body, into a crossover field of their interest, in an attempt to parallel performative processes with any other type of methodology or practice, in which this body in action touches upon a personal moment of urgency that can expand into social, political and cultural relevance for an ensemble.

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Accompanied talks, questions, feed-back, reflections and individual conversations. Tutorials will be offered alongside help with the planning, scheduling and curating for the participants’ final presentation day at Luisa Catucci Gallery.

This day is dedicated to the presentation of live performances from workshop participants. Public Performance Programme at Luisa Catucci Gallery and nearby local sites, Schiller Market, Herfurth Platz and in and around the Gallery Spaces. The structure, overall duration, and the curation of the performance programme will be decided collectively by the group with the guidance of the workshop facilitators.

The final hours are dedicated to reflection and feedback on the overall workshop experience and final performances. We encourage everyone to offer their thoughts, reflections, and questions about their own work and their observations of everyone else’s work.


Limited participation. Please submit an application online to be considered.


Artists, students and practitioners from all creative backgrounds with a keen interest in performance art approaches/processes. Artists of all levels of experience are welcome.


If you are thinking of applying please make sure you’ve visited the Further Information page first. If you would like to know more then pelase don’t hesitate to contact us.