(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.'
Just because you saw something move doesn't mean something has changed
In this workshop, Jochen Dehn sets the class tasks and exercises that involve crossing and negotiating the cityscape without being seen, ranging from walking in a straight line, to camouflage exercises, to crossing a bridge undetected.
You look at and explore behavioural conventions in the city with an eye to developing strategies for reducing their visual profile to the point of invisibility.
Venue: Off site. Meet at Hayward Gallery Ostrich Lounge
Approximate duration: 3 hours