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TH238 - Live Art and Performance 2013-14

School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

TH238 Live Art and Performance

Drawing on a range of international artists, solo performers and companies as examples, this module considers the enormously varied practices of contemporary live art and performance from five main points of view:

• differing explorations of time, taking into account such factors as durational time, repetition, chance, failure and real time events.

• the uses and dynamics of space, including questions around site-specificity, situation and context, public and private space, and displacement.

• the utilisation of bodies as sites of experimentation and/or expression.

• the re-evaluation and implementation of text in contemporary practices.

• the changing role of spectatorship in contemporary performance.

All of these components naturally interlink and overlap in various ways, so it is difficult to contemplate time, for instance, without simultaneously invoking space. Similarly, the body in performance can be said always to be occupying a space of some sort under a specific regimen of time, and so on. Nevertheless, since live art and performance generally involve forms of experimentation with the elements, aesthetics and categories of performance – including refunctioned uses of textual material and a new awareness of what it means to be an audience – it is useful to make such distinctions in the first instance. In the second instance, issues such as intimacy, participation, activism, everyday life, risk, chance, failure, abjection, mediatisation and documentation will arise as further subjects of investigation.

This module proceeds under ‘laboratory’ circumstances. Alongside seminars, essay writing and workshops or extended projects run by professional practitioners, students are involved in sustained and intensive practical group work focusing on, and experimenting with, the dynamics of live performance. The module component takes its lead from the immediate practices of artists, performers and companies, and the following is a pool from which a selection will be singled out for particular attention during the course of the term: Marina Abramovic, Tehching Hsieh, Francis Alÿs, Sophie Calle, Lone Twin, Ontroerend Goed, Gob Squad, Forced Entertainment, the Wooster Group, Pina Bausch, Franko B, Tomoko Takahashi, Mark Dion, Roman Ondák, Tino Sehgal, Martin Creed, Antony Gormley, Adrian Howells and Richard Dedominici.

Nicolas Whybrow n dot whybrow at warwick dot ac dot uk

Class Times:
Wednesday - 1000-1300 - G53 Studio, Millburn House

Assessment [50% examined]

25% - Essay (3000 words) esub_button

25% - Critical Review (3000 words) esub_button

50% - Practical examination

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