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M-LT 71329 - Hearing Performance Art
This course surveys the interdisciplinary genre of Performance Art with a focus on the role of music and (by extension) sound. Course content will explore the musical/sound components, concepts, and practices related to Performance Art from its beginnings in the early Twentieth Century to the present. These will include but are not limited to: Private/Public, Art=Life, Spectacle, Participation, Action, Social Commentary/Intervention, Endurance, Ritual, Reenactment, Instructions/Directions, Relational Aesthetics, Video and Performance, etc. As we examine an historical array of performance practices, theorists and performing artists, we will be inspired to consider how the modernist and post-modernist extension of the “gesamtkunstwerk” challenges and expands Western art and culture. We will concurrently delve into creative applications relevant to the careers of Conservatory Music students. Via field trips to other Boston arts institutions, watching video, and encountering other media, students will become well-acquainted with the cultural factors, historical events, and terminology critical to this contemporary art form.

Prerequisites ( M-SK 5103 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> and ( M-EX 5103 / Placement Exam or M-LT 8102 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> ))
Corequisites N/A
Fees N/A
Credits 3.00
Credit Types Credit

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