Art of Performance


Teaching Staff: Mitsani Christina, Marini Charikleia (Hari)
Course Code: AVA342
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Lectures
Semester: 3rd
ECTS: 5
Teaching Units: 3
Teaching Hours: 3
Teaching Structure:
ActivitySemester Workload
Lectures26
Lab Lectures13
Literature Study and Analysis60
Practice and Preparation26
Course Total (ECTS: 5)125

Recquired / Recommended : (THE200), (AVA232)
Prerequisite to / Recommended to: (AVA448), (AVA542)
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Short Description:

This course aims at an integrated experience, ranging from an introducing and acquaintance with the art of Performance to the final production of artwork by students. Specifically, the course deals with: a) acquaintance and familiarity with important works and artists, b) introduction to the theoretical, aesthetic and theatrical elements of the medium, c) production of Performance works by students.

The course is designed as an experiential laboratory, combined with lectures and requiring theoretical / historical research on the part of the students.

Areas to be covered during the course are:
1. Elements of acting and theatrical expression
2. Historical and aesthetic / theoretical analysis of selected works
3. Introduction to the creative process, from concept to idea.
4. Introduction to the relationship between performance and modern audiovisual technology.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, students should:

have understood key definitions and uses of the medium, as it has been applied historically, and its potential evolution, as well as its boundaries and relationship to other media
- have become familiar with the stages of the creative process, from conceiving an idea to completing a Performance
- have used their body as a raw material for the expression of ideas & concepts, feelings and images (the body as a speaker, of its relation to the environment (identification or contrast), of relationship with the viewer as a 'tool of movement')
- be able to link the work of art and the creative process with the theory that underpins it
- have become familiar with some key parameters of different ways in which performance can be combined with and supported by new technologies


Syllabus:

Week 1:
Presentation of course objectives and brief introduction. Relaxation exercises, theatrical play with the purpose of getting to know and become familiar.

Week 2:
View videos and examples of artists involved with Performance. Cycle, breathing relaxation, concentration exercises.

Week 3:
View video of four artists. Selection of one of four by the students as subject for theoretical work. Use of theory in creation of the work.

Week 4:
Elements of acting and theatrical expression: Motion, breathing, body-space relationship. Analysis of selected projects.

Week 5:
Relaxation exercises, acting. The voice, the body as a speaker, diaphragmatic breathing. Selection and configuration of students' final ideas for their Performance as final work.

Week 6:
The meaning of ritual and its relation to Performance. Analysis of selected projects.

Week 7:
The body as an instrument of the artist. Muscle relaxation exercises. View related projects.

Week 8:
Elements of acting and theatrical expression. The artist and the dynamic relationship with the viewer.

Week 9:
Space and body, physical exercises, movement in space, perception of space as part of the project.

Week 10:
Concentration and relaxation exercises, improvisations on a specific subject.

Week 11:
Elements of acting and theatrical expression: improvisations on the subject of Performance.

Week 12:
Elements of acting and theatrical expression: Concentration and relaxation exercises, improvisations on the subject of Performance.

Week 13:
Modern audiovisual and computing technology, VR, AI. Creative uses in Performance, (theory).


Suggested Bibliography:

Bibliography
James, Westcott. When Marina Abramovic Dies. Cambridge: MIT Press(MA), 2008.
Jonathan, Culler. Λογοτεχνική Θεωρία, Μια Συνοπτική Εισαγωγή. ΠΕΚ (ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΑΚΕΣ ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ), 2013.
Richard, Schechner. Performance Theory. London-New York: Routledge, 1998-2003.
Roselee, Goldberg. Performance Art: From Futurism to Present. London: Thames Hudson, 1979.

Web
http://www.ubu.com/resources/
http://mediaartnet.org


Teaching Methods:

-Experimental workshops, exercises, group practice
-Lectures, viewing of audiovisual material and discussion/ analysis with students.
-Completion of a Performance by two students
-Project recording


Evaluation Methods:

Paper and art project (Performance)

Updated: 23-09-2022

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