Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Riccio, Thomas
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6348 Section 091
S Time 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Course Title
Performance Installation

Description of Course:


All levels of interest and experience will feel at home here. Course work will be self-paced and shaped to the interests, talents, and experience levels of individual students. Course projects will awaken and encourage the development of the student's unique perspective, history, and talents. That simply, fundamentally, is the objective of the course.

Over the past decade site-specific performance and installation art has achieved mainstream status within contemporary visual and performance culture. Its presence has had an impact not only on art and performance, but also on a broad range of entertainments such as Disney World, fashion shows, media design and presentation, architectural environments, and club and consumer culture. These new "immersive" installations and performances reflect our cultural desire for sensual pleasure, the creation of a new narrative experience, an egalitarian space where the viewer/spectator is totally enveloped in, and interactive with, a hermetic environment/experience. Installation refuses to accept fixed boundaries, collaborating with other non-art areas, sites, and concerns.

This course, Performance Installation, embraces an expansive definition of art, and acknowledges the blurring boundaries between the arts, between fine art and commercial art, low and high art and technology, and between art and science. The course will provide students with theory, history, and practice of employing installation and performance art with technology as a means of extending personal artistic practice. Emphasis will be on practical experience in the conceptualization and production of collaborative, experimental, trans-disciplinary installations.

Required Texts:

Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance by Josephine Machon, Palgrave, 2013

Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life
By Allan Kaprow, Edited by Jeff Kelley, University of California Press

T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (Paperback) By Hakim Bey, Autonomedia, 2nd edition, 2003

Joseph Beuys: The Reader, Claudia Mesch and Viola Michely eds. MIT Press 2007

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Completion of required reading and active discussion and consideration of course topics. A workbook documenting the student’s new media installation and/or performance methods, process, and project. The course will end with the presentation of a group or individual installation and/or performance. Final projects will evolve from the student’s interests and investigations, and may or may not involve performance.

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