1156 Chapel Street, POB 208339
New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8339
SCULPTURE 687, Actions
In this performance workshop/seminar we will 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’ll examine perception, the senses, time and consciousness, our relationship to both natural and constructed space, interaction with other bodies, as well as the metaphoric body—political and biological. This class aims to encourage development of individual performative methodologies to inform (and perhaps alter) the nature of the students’ current artistic practice. With an expansive definition of performance —actions in any medium—students will conceptualize and realize several short projects through-out the term. Writers and artists’ whose work we will consider, include: Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Beatriz Colomina, Paul McCarthy, Jeremy Deller, William Pope.L, Derek Jarman, Yayoi Kusama, Christian Rizzo and Louise Bourgeois.
“The body is a fluid signifying system which…is continuously undergoing challenging and liberating transformations.”
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