Andrés Galeano // Interaction with objects

Andrés Galeano // Interaction with objects

photo by Almudena Manzanal

This performance art workshop aims to focus on the different uses, potential interactions and properties regarding this very important performance element: the object.

Some objects seem to gaze back at us and attract our attention and curiosity. The workshop will explore these “special” objects and our relation to them through the concepts of aura, fetish, relic, symbol, poetic, memories, body, narration, fiction, transformation, function, meaning, (im)materiality, (in)visibility, presence/absence etc. in order to create a performance based on a composition of actions involving objects.

The workshop will provide each participant with cross-disciplinary artistic instruments (such as text, speech, sound, video, photography, painting, sculpture, installation) and with historical and contemporary examples of different strategies for dealing with objects (including Dadaism, Happenings, Fluxus, Body Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Visual Poetry, Concrete Music) in order to obtain the necessary theoretical and practical background for developing their own performances.

Every participant is asked to bring three personal objects to work with during the workshop. These objects will be the starting point for the various tasks and discussions in the workshop. The objects could be personally very resonant, reminding of a specific time or place, or they can be mundane objects that are encountered on a daily basis. In either case they will be treated as propositions for potential actions and conceptual exploration.


3 days: from 28. 5. 10h. to 30.5, 20h – 72 hours-long workshop

Day 1.

Introduction of the participants and of the workshop topics through the presentation of the personal objects. Physical exercises to warm up the body and get confidence in the group and in the space. Exploration of the body as an object: Exercises to be present and neutral.

Day 2.

Some group tasks and improvisations interacting with objects: exploring the meaning, function, use and properties of specific objects. Research around the immateriality and invisibility of objects and our personal memories and stories related to them. Some historical and contemporary examples of art works that approach objects from an interesting point of view. Screening of videos and photos to illustrate each position and open discussion about it.

Day 3.

Some individual tasks and improvisations based on interacting with objects. Preparation of a proposal for an own performance based on the three personal objects. Individual discussion of the proposal with the teacher and with the group.

After a period of individual preparation, the workshop will culminate in an informal public presentation of the performances.


The workshop is open to students and professional artists who have a background in contemporary art practice. Although this is a performance art workshop, applicants are welcome from any artistic background, as long as they have a desire to engage with a performative process and tasks. The workshop may be of particular relevance to visual artists or text and sound based artists who have an interest in more conceptual based processes.


- The participant will be sleeping, eating and taking part of the activities in Agora’s Top floor. The space is part of Agora Art Space and it is a 110 sq. meter loft with shower facilities. The activities that are usually occupying the space will be suspended for the workshop.


  • 3 simple vegetarian meals served daily during the period of the workshop:

8h – 9h : Breakfast

13h – 14h: Lunch

19h – 20h: Dinner



  • Objects selected by the participants for the activities suggested in the workshop

  • Sleeping bag or foldable mattress, bed sheet and pillow

  • General hygiene items (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, towel, etc)

  • Comfortable clothes (just the necessary for your practice)

  • Contact for emergency

( Minimum amount of personal belonging is recommended by the organisers.)


  • To be available for the whole 3 days. It is an intensive 72 hours workshop. All the participants have to sleep in the Agora spaces.

  • Applications end on the 24th of May 2012

  • The workshop will happen with a minimum of 5 and maximum of 12 participants.

  • Internet and mobile phone use is not allowed – do not bring communication gadgets

  • Participants will sign a term of conditions and concerning use of space and responsibility towards personal belongings.

  • Health conditions/particularities should be communicated in advance with the organisers – illness, food allergy, etc – a special form must be fulfilled before the beginning of activities.

when//  28 – 30th of May (from 10h) – 72 hours

time// from 10h – 72 hours

fee// 150 euros (all included: accommodation, activities and meals) 


max// 15 people 

Agora // Mittelweg, 50 12053 – Berlin

Andrés Galeano was born in Spain in 1980. He holds a Philosophy degree at the Universtiy of Barcelona, a Photography diploma at the Freie Fotoschule Stuttgart and a Sculpture/Free Art degree at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. He works with drawing, photography, video, installation and performance and has realized exhibitions all over Europe and Canada. He lives in Berlin and has been curating the performance art programme Extension Series at Grimmuseum, ¡POESÍACCIÓN! at Instituto Cervantes and is the co-organizer of the Month of Performance Art Berlin.

A con B performance photo by Laura GianettiHelvetica