What is your means of communicating with yourself? This course offers opportunities to submerge into your interiority with curiosity and participate in an inner corporeal voyage. Students will nurture the relationship with themselves (and keep at a distance what others perceive of them). Through experimentation and internal interrogation, performance art will be the by-product of our inquiries. In this Performance course, our exercises will resonate a self-reflexivity between the body and the constructed environment in an attempt to negotiate our individual and shared experiences. We will illuminate idiosyncrasies of everyday behaviors as they are determined by gender, social context, power structures, and the art world. Like scientists, we will use experiments to provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcomes occur when a particular factor is manipulated. By creating procedures that support, refute, or validate individual hypotheses, we will research aspects of the frontier between the physical body and the immaterial realms of identity and social construction. Students will present a series of physical explorations developed in workshops on body-voyage, fragmented gesture, structured score, thought-movement exercises, translation and public editing. In these studio workshops, we may isolate and obsess on the quotidien; we may create performances that function as social experiments; we may examine economies of presentation and materiality of context in an effort to destabilize the foundation of experience. These explorations generate works that complicate the relationship of identity within social and cultural contexts. In 15 sessions, we will witness the works of artists such as taisha paggett, Miguel Gutierrez, Marissa Perel, Micol Hebron, Cassils, Stelarc, ORLAN, Eiko Otake, NIC Kay, Fist and Heel/ Reggie Wilson, Marni Kotak, Noura Murad and others. We aim to discuss the notion of the body as an interior landscape that is made intelligible through visual representation. And, we will create works that challenge our perceptions of ourselves while effecting change in our surroundings.
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.