Since 1995 I guide workshops about the practise of performance art, whether by teaching at art schools at home and abroad, or at the invitation by private organizations or as organiser of different events. In 2006 I initiated the IPA Summer Camps which meanwhile enjoy an excellent reputation and are visited by young artists from around the world.
The approach of my workshops aims at a performative image, which is centered to the person of the artist. By him / her and through him / her the performative image develops, as a result of exploration of artistic material. In both texts „The Horse will make you happy“ and „Exploring Performance Art“, which is an abbreviated version of the previous and usually serves as a workshop description, this approach is presented.
I invite always two other artists to the IPA Camp, a total of 3 courses are taught in parallel. This ensures that there is always a certain range of different approaches is present. Thus the participants have the opportunity to develop their own artistic approach.
After the summer camp the Platform for young performance artists is following ,where artists of the summer camp and artists from the region are invited. Accompanying this, a symposium is held, where the different approaches of workshops are presented and discussed.
“What's the next step? Jürgen Fritz’s course group (a week later) was pervaded by this question even before it was posed; debate on the realms of performance craft holding equal measure to the performance itself. Together we rose, sank, quarreled; were held, dropped and recovered. It's hard now to reflect on Jürgen's workshop without the image of his bell-ringing, bagpipe-backed euphoria piercing my mind. The reverie, even ecstasy, of his performance (at the NRLA) clasped the essence of our week in one simple frame: the joy of the act.”
Winterschool at the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, 2010Xan Coleman Artistic Director
"I just have to say, Jürgen Fritz is a mother fucking slave driver!“ (…) "We worked so fucking hard for that first hour. Then we did this back to back with a partner. We faced off to a partner, made eye contact and rhythmically clasped hands. Our bodies, pouring in sweat, we went neck to neck, then face to face, experiencing tension, intimacy, and the exchange of bodily fluid.“
IPAH Sommercamp 2007, BerlinRichard Spartos Artist