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080066 SE Seminar: Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Art (2015S)

Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 20 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 02.03. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 09.03. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 13.04. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 20.04. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 11.05. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 18.05. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 01.06. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course focuses on the broad range of artistic manifestations that have come to be associated with Performance and Performativity and seeks to position them within the multiple, uneven, and increasingly trans-disciplinary histories of modernism. Beginning with the so-called “dissolution of the art object” into an expanded field of systems, structures, and spaces in the 1960s – including photography, publications, architecture, analog technologies and digital media -- we will examine how artistic practitioners have consistently re-conceptualized performance and performativity. Specifically, we will analyze and historicize the role of the body and constitutive power of language -- in relation to advanced capitalism within a global context.

Some questions that will guide our study: (1) Can we theorize the body of the artist and public as potential sites for the production of new subjectivities and political realities? (2) How have language-based practices produced new articulations of subjectivity in relation to specific material conditions?

Assessment and permitted materials

The final grade consists of attendance and participation in class meetings and discussion (weighting of 10%), evaluation of the seminar presentation (weighting of 30 %) and the written paper (weighting of 60 %). In order to pass the seminar, all sections must receive a positive assessment.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The aims of the course are to 1) familiarize students with the practices, histories, and theories of Performance and Performativity; 2) engage with the issues raised by these practices along multidisciplinary pathways, including urban geography, sociology, cultural studies, feminist criticism, postcolonial theories, and political philosophy; 3) introduce students to methods, models, and theories for the critical analysis of contemporary art.

Examination topics

This is a conceptually and theoretically driven seminar that approaches the study of contemporary art as an expanded and entwined constellation of representational artifacts, discursive objects, and material practices. Within this multidisciplinary constellation, we will be attentive to the ways in which artistic production relates and responds to forces, techniques, and effects of power and is implicated in the constitution of new subjectivities.
Specific pedagogical methods include: Close textual and visual analysis; class discussions, oral and written components, field trips.

Reading list

A bibliography will be distributed at the initial session.

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