»Urban Performances«

Performance Art: Discover urban space performative and perception oriented

Throughout the course you will explore current issues of urban, community life by use of artistic interventions and performances in the city of Weimar. You will deal with decisions of regional and urban planning in a performative way on site, on the basis of our own physical perception. Starting points are urban everyday activities such as walking, standing and sitting, which shape urban space and constitute it as a living space first. Using methods of artistic field research (notes from memory, drawings, audio recordings, interviews, etc.) and one's own body perception, you will examine the city of Weimar to make use of the results afterwards for artistic actions and interventions or urban planning.

Beside the practical approach through various tasks, important artists working in this field and sociological aspects of our subject will be introduced.

In performance art and in our perception-based, artistic form of field research, one's own body is an essential element of the work. For this reason, our thematic examination will be supported by exercises for body awareness and presence.

During the two weeks each participant will develop and realise his own performance or intervention in public space or design an urban planning outline.

Educational objective:

Development of a site-specific artistic work or a city planning outline based on artistic field research on site working with one's own body perception.

The course language is English

Please contact us if you would like personal consultaion. We will be happy to help you.  


The course schedule is available. You can download it here.

Please note: This is a preliminary schedule. Programme modifications are at any time possible.

Anke Stiller, artist (www.anke-stiller.de)

  • born 1980 in Rudolstadt, Thuringia
  • Diploma Fine Art, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 2006
  • major fields of study: photography, performative strategies in photography and video art, performance art
  • 2008 – 2015: artistic associate and visiting lecturer, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Fine Art department, courses in photography, video art and performance art
  • since 2016: Visiting Researcher, Fine Arts Departement, BUW
  • lives and works as an artist and art lecturer in Weimar

Tanja Matjas, dance artist

  • born 1968 in Krefeld
  • Diploma Dance, Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem, NL
  • major field of study: new dance development
  • since 1997: work as a freelanced dancer and choreographer for various theaters, such as Tanzhaus NRW, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and Theaterhaus Jena
  • since 1997: teaching activities at different institutions, e.g. Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS).

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.


This course addresses students of Fine Arts and students of urban development and planning (Bachelor, Master, PhD). In exceptional cases also students of other disciplines are welcome. 


  • Digital Camera (photo/video) to document your work
  • Yoga mat/blanket

The course language in English. Therefore good command of English is required.

1. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 31 May 2017 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Urban Performances«
  • Name of pdf file »Urban_Performances_family name_first name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by e-mail by 15 May 2017 and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Registration for 2017 has closed. Please find the new course programme online from November 2017.