Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2021

Taught By: Pooneh Maghazehe

Section: A

CRN: 3304

Credits: 3

What happens to a body stilled in space, when it takes a shape and holds it? How does its relationship to public space change? How is its transformation attenuated when the body is in formation with other bodies, a breathing still life of people and props? This performance class will use the question of a body’s stillness as a platform to create interdisciplinary projects that exist between dance, sculpture, collaborative movement, and performance art. Historical background on the moment when fine art and dance intersected will include Yvonne Rainer’s and Robert Morris’ early performances. Andrea Fraser, Joan Jonas, Trisha Brown and Nick Cave's rendering of the ritualized body, the desiring body at play, and aggression as both performative gesture and form. Students will engage with a variety of aesthetic strategies and formal techniques such as movement workshops, group meditation, sensory exercises, video, collaboration, and scores. The class will begin with a weekly move in which students will experiment with a series of formal techniques: color, composition, speed, rhythm, gravity, location--as the basis for making, play, and collective problem solving for individual projects. Studio work will focus on wearable sculpture and other concrete intersections between the body and the object, and case studies chosen to encourage students to think of movement as a form of resistance, and to consider the political implications of collaborative work that unfolds over time. Performativity in the context of this class is widely defined, and no prior experience is required

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:31pm 7/11/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 519

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021