(b. 1968, Paris, France).
The performance artist Jochen Dehn welcomes setbacks, collapses and obstacles as ingredients in his work, and takes Samuel Beckett's dictum, 'Try again. Fail again. Fail better', to absurd extremes. His performances often consist of lessons, demonstrations, workshops or experiments, each of which is doomed to partial failure (total failure would constitute too much of an achievement). He has devised participatory games, such as a misguided tour of the Louvre involving unsuccessful attempts to outwit motion detectors and alarms, and carried out research for a material that 'permits traceless transit', as in the construction of a door you can walk through without having to open it.
Explaining that he likes tricks and enjoys hiding and moving soundlessly, Dehn says: 'I am interested in miracles. I am interested in becoming invisible. Invisibility is not related to ending. It is a process of blurring outlines. I dissolve. I merge. I transform.'
Animal technologies, soap films and miracles
Using methodologies and demonstrations from the field of natural sciences to examine phenomena pertaining to the invisible, this class considers theoretical and philosophical issues such as the nature of a moment, an instant, and the environment.
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Venue: Hayward Gallery Room 1
Approximate duration: 90minutes