Yale University School of Art
1156 Chapel Street, POB 208339
New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8339
(203) 432-2600

SCULPTURE Art 687, Actions: Let’s Start with the Body

In this performance workshop/seminar we look to the body (our bodies) as a way of understanding the material world, as a means of production, and as a potential subject. Through readings, screenings, and experiments, we examine perception, the senses, time and consciousness, our relationship to both natural and constructed space, interaction with other bodies, and the metaphoric body—political and biological. This class aims to encourage development of individual performative methodologies to inform (and perhaps alter) the nature of each student’s current artistic practice. With an expansive definition of performance—actions in any medium—students conceptualize and realize several short projects. Writers and artists whose work we consider include Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Beatriz Colomina, Paul McCarthy, Jeremy Deller, William Pope.L, Derek Jarman, Yayoi Kusama, Christian Rizzo, and Louise Bourgeois. Meets biweekly for 1.5 credits. “The body is a fluid signifying system which…is continuously undergoing challenging and liberating transformations.”

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