Studio IV - Performance - summer
FaVU-B4PE-LAcad. year: 2019/2020
The art of performance - the most striking means of contemporary action art, connected to happenings, events and other activities, a frontier form of fine arts, focused directly on creative action in a time-space situation, in real time and natural environment, an intermediate speech combining certain aspects of traditional theatre, dance, literature, artistic and architectonic, in the current context of an action-environment focusing on new media: video, digital, photography, and communication technologies
Performance art focuses on the nature of the creative act. It blends through all forms of contemporary artistic expression. Current performance is expressed via any media. From individual awareness, body and new technology to social interactions and environmental activism. The free art of the event includes a wide range of live information, engaging with the art of interaction, mediation and presentation, with the full potential of personality, including multimedia technologies and digital imaging - working with the imagination.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The studio’s projects are based on independent artistic creation, which is presented primarily in galleries, museums and other public and alternative spaces. The studio aims to reach the quality of a basic experimentation process on an exclusive professional level, develops creative methods from sensation through imagination over inspiration to intuition.
Ability to find and realise an appropriate atelier assignment for the BA exam project.
- compulsory prerequisite
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Wilson, Robert, Morey Miguel, Ediciones Polígrafa – Barcelona (CS)
Jeff Koons, Conversations with Norman Rosenthal, Thames and Hudson (CS)
Barney, Matthew, The Cremaster Cycle, Guggenheim Museum – NY (CS)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching takes place in the form of group consultations of the teacher with the students about the assigned semestral tasks. Teaching includes lectures and workshops on semester (theme) topics provided by external lecturers.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Credit for the course is granted upon successful completion and presentation of a semester projekt, submission of a printed portfolio of works, and the presentation of the semester work at the faculty Open House Days. Participation in studio class and studio projects is mandatory for course completion.
Language of instruction
4th YEAR Image of Action – ”composition in context”
8th semester: STORY (in a community) – COMPOSITION / DECOMPOSITION
the structure of a story and narration: opening, movement, climax, ending
the narration of fine arts /text and picture/, the narration of music /word and sound/, the narration of theatre /gesture and play/
the origin of mythologies through rhythmization of everyday experience in history: fairy tale and myth
tradition and modernity: musical and visual theatre – virtual reality (Robert WILSON)
new forms of pop-narration: comics, clip, show – games (RESIDENTS / Jeff KOONS)
stylization and universalization of a personal way through life: the testimony of a ”personal mythology” (Laurie ANDERSON / Mathew BARNEY)
The Performance Studio develops the abilities to combine and integrate various artistic means of expression into the complexity of an artwork. The cognition and control of the methods of presentation results in the ability to enter and intervene in reality creatively.
The studio is built around profound teachings of a human being as a physical, psychological and spiritual being including the transcendent dimension. This teaching method attempts to gain the knowledge about the world and human beings through the approach of inner training, which leads the mature persons towards the freedom of their individuality. The students must find themselves, their worldview, their circle of fellow-beings and their roles in the world, through their own experience.
The task of the teacher is not to impose upon the students’ “self”, but to contribute to the formation of their means (body and soul) so that their individuality (esprit) can then freely handle and control these means. The teacher helps the students to remove their physical and spiritual barriers and creates the conditions through which the genius can enter life uninhibited.
The most important function of the autonomous individual life of each novice in the arts is to represent and protect the area of “pure humanity” in every situation, regardless of the political and economic interests. This individual life, together with the guarantees of the free flow of information, must be protected through academic freedom.
The most important task is not to provide knowledge as such, but to provide the art of teaching – why and in which way it is necessary to learn.
The studio's aim is education in the sense of self-creation.
In principle, the art of education is not about a set of pedagogical methods, but foremost is about an exemplary attitude towards life.
The most important task of the art teacher is to support and socially fertilize student’s talents (not to impose on them work within a mechanistically set system of technical and economic trends). The pedagogical purpose of such a school is not to educate “programmed commercial specialists”, but universally educated people who are fully interested in the whole reality of life (thus also capable of managing their specialization).
The fundamental condition for the creative individual life is the freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
The aim of the BA Program is to gain an overall knowledge and experience of the breadth of the subject (in the visual, acoustic, motor, verbal and in conceptual synesthesis) with the attention on the relations between illusion and reality, technique and creativity, knowledge and intuition, the physical and the spiritual…
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Lessons are mandatory.
about 3 hours a week
about 12 hours a week