Course Title: Performance and Live Art

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Performance and Live Art

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3504

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Simon Perry

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2920

Course Coordinator Email: simon.perry@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course you will explore a range of performance traditions and strategies drawing from fine art and music. You will examine key concepts in performance including the body, gesture, collaboration, audience and spectatorship, temporality and spatial dynamics.

You will also explore artists’ ideas, movements, philosophies, styles, periods, technologies and methods in relation to performance, which will help to form your own artistic practice.

The history of performance draws on the collaborative traditions of live music, improvisation, visual art,theatre,dance and events in the public realm. In the late 20th century, concepts of performance were deconstructed and expanded into new hybrid forms such as Live Art, Performance Art, intermedia, and site-specific interventions.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context
  • effectively communicate via artistic production in a range of media and modes
  • develop a critically reflective arts practice
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • develop individual and collaborative modes of working and apply skills in teamwork, leadership and self-management


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • apply knowledge, skills and experience in the conceptual development and presentation of performance based works
  • challenge the conventions of traditional performance techniques and develop new and alternative methods
  • analyse and articulate key concepts in performance including issues of spatial dynamics, the body, collaboration, audience and issues of temporality as they relate to sonic and sculptural practices
  • research the historical and contemporary context of performance as it relates to sound and sculpture
  • critically reflect upon the nature of performance in relation to your own artistic practice


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning in this course will assist in the development of your lateral, analytical and critical thinking processes in ways that help you to deepen your conceptual ideas and develop a critically informed studio practice.

You will engage in a range of practical learning activities such as making art works, experimenting with materials, applied conceptual thinking, tutorials and workshops. Other learning activities include lectorials, listening to artist’s talks, observing demonstrations, visiting galleries and sites, reflective writing, analysing case-studies, group discussions, peer reviews, and consultations on your studio work. Some of your learning will be collaborative, however at other times you will be expected to engage in independent practice-based research.

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff, peers, practicing artists, and others in the arts industry and community through a variety of consultations and tutorials. This feedback will help you to track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes and capabilities for this course. In tutorials you will also engage in critical reflection and reviews.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including, where appropriate, studios and technologies. RMIT University’s online systems will also support your learning and you will have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues, which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. Your work will be assessed progressively throughout the semester and may consist of collaborative works, individual creative works that relate to your studio practice, reflective writing, presentations, practice-based research folios, critiques of methods and processes, and peer reviews.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Studio Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.