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The Live Event: Politics and Practice of Creating Site-Specific Performance
THEA 391
Spring 2022
Section: 01  

In this course students will consider the role of site in performance-making. We start the semester with the assumption that there is no site that is not specific: every place carries with it a political, social, and historical identity, as well as an aesthetic and an architecture. At the same time, we as artists and makers are driven by our own values and interests. How do we enter into a collaboration with a site to create a live event with meaning and impact, both for ourselves and for our audiences? From architect Maya Lin, whose interactive Vietnam War Memorial rewrote the function of a monument to be about personal encounter and shared reckoning, to artist Paul Ramirez Jonas, whose "Key to the City" project gave thousands of people access to private spaces across New York, to "Haircuts by Kids," a project of the Canadian theater company Mammalian Diving Reflex, in which third-graders are trained to offer haircuts to adults, artists across disciplines are devising diverse answers to this question.

This class combines seminar-style discussion with studio-style making. Students will engage with scholarship by Miwon Kwon, Paul Smith, Tania Bruguera, Claire Bishop, and Shannon Jackson among others, in order to contextualize the making of our own sited live event works that explore how space, place, and architecture play into questions of narrative, performance, and community. Short written responses to reading will be turned in throughout the semester. The class culminates in either a final paper or final, sited project (individual or collaborative) on campus or in Middletown.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA THEA
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HRAD-MN)(THEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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