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Memorial for deceased performance and action artists / 2011

Long durational performance and ongoing project by BBB Johannes Deimling

The status that performance art has reached today and the attention that this art form receives by now would have not been achieved without the intense work of all those who have worked in this art form for many many years and often dedicated their entire lives to it. Many of these artists are not living anymore.
The memorial for deceased performance- and action artists is a tribute to the works and the effort of those that allow us to manifest our positions today.
Visitors of the memorial are very welcome to bring flowers and wreaths and light candles in remembrance. I ask NOT to show performances at the Memorial but to silently remember those who still move us and who have developed and characterized this wonderful form of art.


description of action: I stand on a small socle and hold signs with names, birth and death dates of deceased performance- and actionartists for a couple of minutes in front of me.

I will remember the artists:

Chris Burden * 1946 - † 2015
Juliana Yasin * 1970 - † 2014
Jan Świdziński * 1923 - † 2014
Peter Grzybowski * 1954 - † 2013
Jerzy Bereś * 1930 - † 2012
Marcus Vinicius * 1985 - † 2012
Norbert Klassen * 1941 - † 2011
Nel Amaro * 1946 - † 2011
Bas Jan Ader * 1942 - † 1975
Manfred Hammes * 1954 - † 2006
Emmett Wiliams * 1925 - † 2007
Allan Kaprow * 1927 - † 2006
Rose Hill * 1976 - † 2008
Wolf Vostell * 1932 - † 1998
Kurt Schwitters * 1887 - † 1948
Joseph Beuys * 1921 - † 1986
Christoph Maria Schlingensief * 1960 - † 2010
Augusto Boal * 1931 - † 2009
Dieter Roth * 1930 - † 1998
Robert Filliou * 1926 - † 1987
Yves Klein * 1928 - † 1962
George Maciunas * 1931 - † 1978
Simon Häfele * 1977 - † 2011
John Cage * 1912 - † 1992
Jochen Wüstenfeld * 1961 - † 1998
Ben d’Armagnac * 1940 - † 1978
Al Hansen * 1927 - † 1995
Terry Fox * 1943 - † 2008
James Lee Byars * 1932 - † 1997
Ana Mendieta * 1948 - † 1985
Rudolf Schwarzkogler * 1940 - † 1969
Paul Neagu * 1938 - † 2004
Gina Pane * 1939 - † 1990
André Philip Lemke * 1970 - † 2006
Antonin Artaud * 1896 - † 1948
Kjartan Slettemark * 1932 - † 2008
Nan Hoover * 1931 - † 2008
George Brecht * 1926 - † 2008
Bob Flanagan * 1952 - † 1996
X-Ray-Psy * 1966 - † 1999
Zorka Ságlová * 1942 - † 2003
Stuart Sherman * 1945 - † 2001
Bob Cobbing * 1920 - † 2001
Jan Piekarczyk * 1951 - † 2011
Marcos Kurtycz * 1934 - † 1996
Fritz Behr * 1949 - † 2006
Ian Hinchliffe * 1942 - † 2010
Miklós Erdély * 1928 - † 1986



images: noc z performance (night with performance), BWA, citygallery, Bydgoszcz, Poland

photos by Monika Sobczak