Useful Information

The Marathon -

2017 Berlin Performance Art Workshop

29th May - 5th June 2017

Congratulations on being selected for this years' Marathon Workshop in Berlin. We are very excited that you will be joining us. We wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with some useful information that will help you prepare adequately in advance of you joining us. Please read this carefully as it includes information about accommodation, travel, payment, provides contact details, and outlines the schedule and workshop descriptions again. You can use the buttons below to navigate.
* If you have any questions at all please feel free to Contact Us *

LOCATION

Main Location: Luisa Catucci Gallery

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Allerstraße 38, 12049 Berlin, Germany

Alternate Location: BLO - Ateliers

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Kaskelstraße 55, 10317 Berlin, Germany

TRAVEL

For those flying to Berlin the best airport to fly to would be Berlin-Schönefeld.

- Directions -

Directions from the Berlin-Schönefeld Airport
to Kreuzberg and Neukölln

To get to Kreuzberg and Neukölln take the S-Bahn from Airport Schönefeld, S45 (direction ‘Birkenwerder’). Travel 9 stops and get off at S+U Bahnhof station ‘Hermannstrasse’.
You will now be in the middle of the Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts. Change to U8 direction Wittenau and get off at Leinestrasse, walk to Allerstrasse 38 Luisa Catucci Gallery.
‘Hermannstrasse’ is a good stop as it will connect you to other directions,
your accommodations etc.

Please check the underground map.

Directions from the Berlin-Schönefeld Airport
to Luisa Catucci Gallery

For directions to the Gallery from the Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, follow the instructions above.

From S+U Bahnhof station ‘Hermannstrasse’ change to U8 in direction of ‘Wittenau’, get off ‘Leinestrasse’, walk 5 minutes on street named ‘Hermannstrasse’ and you will find street named ‘Allerstrasse’ on your left hand side, walk to No 38 on your left.

Directions from the Berlin-Tegel Airport
to Luisa Catucci Gallery

Take the Bus 128, change at Hauptbahnhof to S-Bahn S5 Direction Strausberg or S7 Direction Ahrensfelde get off Jannowitzbrücke and change to U8 Direction Herrmannstrasse,
get off Leinestrasse and walk to Allerstrasse 38, Luisa Catucci Gallery.

Directions from Luisa Catucci Gallery
to BLO-Ateliers (Workshop Sub Location)

From Allerstrasse walk to U-Bahnhof Leinestrasse U8 in direction Hermannstrasse get off last stop, change to S-Bahn, Ringbahn in direction Ostkreuz, get off Ostkreuz and change into S5 Direction Strausberg or S75 Direction Wartenberg or S7 Direction Ahrensberg, get off next stop Nöldnerplatz, walk under the S-Bahn through the tunnel, turn right into the Area BLO-Ateliers, enter and straight ahead is the ‘Kantine’, the base for the Workshop You will find signs on the way to guide you.

- LOCAL TRAVEL -

One 7-Day Berlin Ticket (VBB-Umweltkarte) will cost €30 for use of Bus, S+U Bahn
and is available at ticket machine and ticket offices throughout the city.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is not covered in the workshop cost
and will need to be organised by yourself.
Below are some suggestions:

- HOSTELS -

THE CAT´S PAJAMAS HOSTEL
Urbanstraße 84, 10967 Berlin (Neu Kölln)
Website or email: Marta Lodola: emmelodola@gmail.com
Reserved rooms are available, individual booking process

You can also search via hostelworld.com

- SHARE AN APARTMENT -

'Feels Like Home'
1-4 Room Apartments in Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg
From 75€ per night
Website

Apartments in Prenzlauer Berg
From 70 - 75€ per night
bsachsenheimer@aol.com

Bureau Navalis Appartements
1-3 Room Apartments in Prenzlauer Berg
Aproximately 35€
Website

- COUCHSURFING -

If you plan well advance you can find free accommodation with ‘couchsurfing’.
You will first need to register (its free) and create a profile (give yourselves a few hours to do this!) before requesting to stay with anyone. Once you have registered, all of the accommodation (such as someone's couch, spare room, mattress etc) on offer is all free! The good thing with couchsurfing is that you don’t have to offer a couch yourself in order to look for one. Please make requests a few weeks before your stay as it doesn't work contacting people last minute.

PAYMENT

- TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE -

Firstly, to confirm your place on the workshop
you will need to pay a €50 Deposit no later than 27/03/2017

- TO SECURE YOUR PLACE -

Finally, to secure your place you are required to pay the remaining
full balance of €300 (excluding your deposit) by no later than 30/04/2017
To make things easier for everybody and to prevent international bank transfer costs,
we have set up an online Payment Portal where you can pay for your €50 deposit and
your remaining €300 workshop fee via a simple card transaction. Payments are made through
our 'Ticket Tailor' payment portal via Stripe (similar to PayPal) so we can ensure your
payment is fast and secure and there is no need to create an account with Stripe.
This system is usually used to purchase tickets for an event (like a music festival)
so please excuse the reference to 'Ticket', we were not able to change this!
To make your payment, please click the button below and you will be
redirected to our payment portal. Here you will be able to pay for your deposit
and your remaining fee, either at the same time by adding both to the basket,
or by paying one and returning to the page at another time to make
another payment. If you experience any problems at all making your payment
online please Contact Us to let us know and we can find a solution.

WHAT TO BRING?

Please bring some materials that you would like to work with.
Materials could include anything, they can be domestic, found, bought, throw away,
multiples, large, small, man-made, natural, written and/or personally significant items.
Please be aware that we will work with them in an investigative transformative way,
which almost certainly will decompose, deconstruct, and reassemble your
material/object at some stage during the workshop.

You may also benefit from bringing the following items:
  • Still Camera
  • Video Camera
  • Sound Recording Device for Documentation Purposes
  • Text pieces (either found or your own writing)
  • Ideas you would like to try out
  • Sketch / Note Books for note taking, mark making and documentation
  • Pens, Writing Implements, Drawing Materials
  • Clothes you can get dirty (something you are not precious about)
  • Clothes you can wear and work outside with
  • Any 'performance' clothes you currently use, are inspired by or feel may be useful

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

26+27+28 MAY
4th Performance Art Weekend “136.10 Hertz”
Live performance art series featuring workshop facilitators & international artists at Luisa Catucci Gallery.
See website for details.
29 MAY
Arrivals / First Meeting
Meeting at Luisa Catucci Gallery 5pm (Participants should arrive in Berlin no later than 4pm)
30 MAY
Sculpting Action - By Zierle & Carter
See workshop description below ...
31 MAY
NOT A R.A.M. - By Francesco Kiàis
See workshop description below ...
01 JUNE
Stream-Walker - By Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith
See workshop description below ...
02 JUNE
Training for performance - By PASHIAS
See workshop description below ...
03 JUNE
Individual tutorials / Planning Final Event
04 JUNE
“scrutari”* - Live performances presented by workshop participants
*from Latin scrutinium, from scrutari to search
05 JUNE
Reflection / Feedback

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

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 symbolism - Shape-shifting as performance practice - Ritualised Actions - The sculptural language and aesthetics of performanceThe fabric of the everydayDynamic provocations - Actions and their ripple effectTraces left behind - Intention as Material - How do you treat your audience? - Humour and sincerity - Reversing 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.

More information about the project available at:
www.andreaspashias.com/training-for-performance-workshops
www.facebook.com/trainingforperformancebypashias

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.

CONTACT DETAILS

If for any reason you need to contact us,
please make a note in advance of the following numbers:
  • Luisa mobile: 0049 17620404636
  • Dagmar mobile: 0049 172 3222840
  • Paul & Alexandra UK mobile: 0044 7800640888