To lecture and publish on performance art, to teach workshops for students, professional artists and other interested audiences, to curate are important parts of my artistic practice – informing strategies, resources & fields of interest in my work.
From the perspective that a piece of performance art is the result of process and time based aesthetic activity created in a given moment, in the encounter between artists, audiences, situations and action, teaching and learning as well as curating performance art needs be valued as truly creative process when meeting the specific needs and qualities of a given situation. It becomes an exchange as well as a process of creating the situation where, when and how a specific performance will happen - an immensely rich moment to be observed, valued and learned from on many and diverse levels.
The dynamics & transitions between the artistic work and fields such as artistic practice as research, teaching and learning as performance art and curatorial practice I value as key qualities of my practice - increasingly interesting the more fluid transitions become between one and the other.
My interests in research focus over the past ten years on Teaching And Learning As Performing Arts, Documentation And Archiving In Process Based Art and most recently on Permanent Cultures – Ecologies Of Making In The Arts.
Since 2014 I am teaching on a regular basis as professor at HZT–Berlin (Inter University Center of Dance – Berlin).
As co-founder I have been facilitating performance art for more than ten years with Jörn J. Burmester at
Performer Stammtisch a monthly performance art event in Berlin. Month of Performance Art Berlin(MPA-B) was a month long platform running from 2011 to 2015 I co-founded with other activists in Berlin. In 2014 I was a founding member of the Association for Performance Art in Berlin e.V. (APAB e.V.).
With their performance-lecture "The Encyclopaedia of Performance Art" Wagner-Feigl-Forschung sketch out a complete and all encompassing catalogue of the world.
Researching the fields of performance art in past, present and future in live-action, with rare and very well known photo-, video-, text- and sound footage Wagner-Feigl-Forschung show how all - yes, all !!! - elements of performance art are connected to each other. Developing a systematic organization of material (objects, tools, "things") and action (use of "things", behavior, movements) on the most elementary level (material: nail, tomato, record player, .../material: to drink, to pour, to rot, ...), Wagner-Feigl-Forschung present a strictly materialist approach towards performance arts in opposition to ideological and economic (art market) approaches.
Being performance artists and coming from a performance art practice Wagner-Feigl-Forschung show how performance art always expanded knowledge about as well as use of the world and why performance art will become the science of the future.
(First published in Performance Research - Indexes, Vol. 11, No.2, June 2006)
Encyclopaedia of Performance Art (English)
Enzyklopaedie der Performancekunst (Deutsch)
Keynote lecture held at the Curating Performance Art as Performance Art Practice conference, Berlin 2015.
Performance lecture held at Burmester & Feigl's Hertic Garden performance event, Berlin 2013.
Some reasons why performance art should be seen as the science of the future.
(First published in Performance Research - On Performatics, Vol. 13, No.2, June 2008)