This module will explore the histories of live art in Europe, the U.S. and Japan from Dada and Futurist theatre to digitally mediated performance. Against the object-based character of formalist aesthetics, and using non-traditional techniques and technologies, we will consider works that challenge the border of art and non-art with an emphasis on subversive practices intended to critique the structures of art production and display and/or everyday life. In this module we will explore key art historical and theoretical concepts such as ‘performance’, ‘theatre’ and ‘the event’, alongside practical iterations through Action Painting, Fluxus, Gutai, Viennese Actionism, Body Art and contemporary practices.
By the end of the module, students should have acquired:
Module code HOA00066I