Free School for Art Theory and Practice
See the interview here with Stephan Dillemuth, Maxi Baumgartner, Mirja Reuter, and Florian Gass by Csilla Hódi and Virág Bogyó, members of the Hungarian artist group PR group, who asked the artists about their experiences of being involved with the Catalyst Award project, as well as their bohemian working methodology.
The next event of the tranzit.hu Free School for Art Theory and Practice is a 4-day-long performative workshop from January 30 to February 9, 2014. The aim of the workshop is to create a performance to be presented at the Catalyst Award ceremony on February 9, 2014.
The workshop is held by the German artists Stephan Dillemuth, Maxi Baumgartner, Mirja Reuter, and Florian Gass.
Public lecture : With the participation of Stephan Dillemuth, Maxi Baumgartner, Mirja Reuter, and Florian Gass
Time: January 30, 2014, 5 pm
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.
To participate in the seminar, please send a motivation letter in English until January 15, 2014 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A workshop will be in English.
January 30, 2014, 5 pm: public presentation, introduction of the artists
January 30-31, 2014, 6 pm to 9 pm: workshops in the evenings, making costumes and stage design, preparation for the performance
February 1, 2014, 11 am to 6 pm: whole day workshop
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest Király utca 102, 1st floor
February 8, 2014, 11 am to 6 pm: whole day workshop, rehearsal
February 9, 2014: performance at the Catalyst Award ceremony
Venue: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, 1094 Budapest, Liliom utca 41.
Stephan Dillemuth, Maximiliane Baumgartner, Mirja Reuter, and Florian Gass
“In addition to our individual work we share a strong common interest in performative practices, which manifests in collaborative artistic research. Inherent in our joint practices is the dramatisation of social relations and a questioning of disciplinary mechanisms of desire.
Our understanding of performance is also specific to places in which we, as protagonists, arrange a dramatic framework, based on our joint investigations and often in reference to our own texts. Here the stage acts not just in terms of a defined podium, but can also assume the form of a shopwindow, a painting or an object; thus expanding the space of action.
Our own bodies are therefore never excluded and used for representational means.
The workshop in Budapest will explore qualities of improvisation with the aim of staging a festive evening of performances framed by the Catalyst award. The exchange of daily news, reflecting on the current situation together with playful scenic exercises, improvisation techniques, and stage and costume design will form the basis for collective knowledge. From here we would like to develop an evening of extravaganza; of rhymes, rhythms and rites.”
Stephan Dillemuth (b. 1954, Büdingen, Hesse, Germany) lives in Bavaria and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Collectivity is essential in his practice, also working and thinking outside the traditional institutional framework, critically observing the social structures that surround us. In his exhibitions, theoretical lectures, and performances he questions the possible roles of the artist and the education within our postmodern society. He points out the possibilities of heterogeneity, because it is a great value to have different cultural background and knowledge, and to not give up our heritage, technique, aesthetics and identity which are born with, in order to fight morally against the global economic and social problems. The artist is always a responsible actor with a critical position, who is an autonomous entity and a public figure at the same time. http://societyofcontrol.com/index.htm
Maximiliane Baumgartner, Mirja Reuter, and Florian Gass
They work together since 2007, they were students of Stephan Dillemuth in Munich. Artistic research is the base of their joint projects—mostly performances and video installations—in which they look for possible answers and solutions to economic, social and psychology related questions and problems. (For example: http://deborahschamoni.com/exhibitions/performances/)