BBB Johannes Deimling (Foto: Monika Deimling)

BBB Johannes Deimling

Artist bio/statement

BBB Johannes Deimling’s performance artworks have been internationally presented at several performance art events such as Accion!MAD, Madrid, Spain; Interakcje, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland; FADO, Toronto, Canada; M:ST – performative arts festival, Calgary, Canada; Blauverschiebung, Leipzig, Germany; BONE, Bern, Switzerland; LAS BAS, Helsinki, Finland; PAO – Performance Art Oslo, Oslo, Norway; Live Action, Guangzhou, China, PERNEO, Madrid, Spain; LiveArt.dk, Copenhagen, Denmark; Venice International Performance Art Week, Venice Italy; PAB– Performance Art Bergen, Bergen, Norway; CLOUD festival, Tirana, Albania; Carbonarium, Kyiv, Ukraine,and many others.Besides his international presence at performance art festivals his works were presented at ARKEN – museum for contemporary art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; KIASMA – museum for contemporary art, Helsinki, Finland; ICA – international center of the arts, London, UK; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria; Arsenale, Venice, Italy; CCA – center for contemporary art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, UK; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany; Schindlers Factory, Krakow, Poland and many others.

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Work statement

Since more than 30 years the German artist and art pedagogue BBB Johannes Deimling is internationally active and known in the field of Performance Art with his “enacted images (agierte Bilder)”, a term he is using since 1989 for his works. The performance images of the artist are initially created purely visual but gradually access to all the senses to form a holistic view on the banalities of everyday life with all its challenges and changes. Based on Deimling’s daily observations of the world, these ephemeral images can be seen as condensed moments and metaphorical triggers. The artist says about his performance images: “It is not about what you see, but more about what you don’t
see.”. Within the social space performance art is offering, Deimling’s images are generating nonverbal, visual dialogues where images replace words, creating an artistic atmosphere and leave plenty of space for individual interpretation and access. And right here, the actual images appear, the center focus of Deimling’s artistic research: the non-visible images each audience member creates in their minds while seeing and discovering the performance. The moment ‘now’ is here at its peak: perception is triggered, activated and responding. There is no given direction or right or wrong in how these images have to be seen, analyzed or valued. Stimulating the mind to reflect or even rethink our views on the world is combined with purposeful use of gesture, movement, and materials. These three components are mastered by Deimling over the years and establish his very unique, poetic art language. To sharpen one’s view is Deimling’s intention.

Photo: Monika Deimling

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