Performance Process
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LINA 3009
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Performance
  • Visual Culture
  • Civic Engagement
This course explores the process of performance through a range of theoretical, technical, embodied, and site-specific perspectives. Students will learn how to develop their awareness of performance as a practice leading to an artform, finding ways to train their "performative eye” so as to recognize the individual and collective patterns of behavior that create the rituals that fill everyday life. Topics will include the intangible nature of performance; a variety of approaches to mapping creativity, developing characters, documenting work; and ways of bringing performative acts into conscious awareness. This course draws upon a range of disciplines such as theater, dance, psychology, religion, politics, feminism, queer theory, and environmental activism. Students will explore private and public performance art following Buddhist notions of mindful presence, engaging the city itself as a learning laboratory.
Course Open to: Degree Students