This module will examine pathways and encourage new ones, between forms of discipline in writing, poetry, and performance. Materials ranging from the 1960s post-modern 'happenings', to contemporary net-based performance will be explored and related to in the production of new student work.
As a group, we will explore issues common to performance art and interdisciplinary writing. The module will emphasise developing awareness of textual structures, methods and theories, as well as modes of distribution and performance. Students will be encouraged to find and develop individual processes of composition (across poetry, performance and text-based art) as well as the critical context. The structure and nature of the module will be suitable for students with an interest in or working in experimental forms of poetry and short fiction, performance, video and mixed-media writing.
The classes will be seminar-based, organised around focused readings of key works with related practical exercises. At the end of the module, there will be two focussed workshop sessions where students will share work and respond to each other's. Guest speakers will contribute to the module by introducing new forms and approaches of artistic practice.
Visits to exhibitions and events in the local vicinity will be heavily encouraged with certain 'away days' to key London shows, such as a visit to the Performance Room at the Tate Modern.
- to produce developed and artistically inventive work that comments on interdisciplinarity and the intersections of writing, art, poetry, and performance in terms of media and concept
- to create a community sensibility within the group that promotes artistic debate, rigour and support
- to support student identity as creative practitioners
Anticipated Coursework Assessment:
Coursework piece (95%), class participation (5%)
Students will produce a creative work and a supporting commentary or essay. The creative work can be a script, score, work of poetry, or documentation of a performance piece. The form of documentation will depend on medium of the work and should be discussed with the module tutor.
Etchells, Tim, Certain Fragments: Contemporary Performance and Forced Entertainment, London: Routledge, 1999.
Hall, John, 'Performance Writing: A Lexicon Entry', in Performance Research, vol. 11, no. 3, September 2006, pp.8 9-91.
- On Performance Writing, with pedagogical sketches, Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2013.
Stein, Gertrude, How to Write, NY: Dover, 1975
Sumner, Alaric, Writing & Performance, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, 61, vol. 21, no.1, January 1999
Bogart, Anne. A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre, London:
Bottoms, Stephen & Goulish, Matthew. Small Acts of Repair: Performance, Ecology
and Goat Island, London: Routledge, 2007
Burrows, Jonathan. A Choreographer's Handbook, London: Routledge, 2010
Fusco, Coco, The Bodies that Were Not Ours: And Other Writings, London: Routledge, 2001
Goulish, Matthew. 39 Microlectures in Proximity of Performance, London: Routledge, 2000
Govan, Emma, Nicholson, Helen & Normington, Katie. Making a Performance:
Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices, London: Routledge, 2007
Huxley, M. & N. Witts, eds., The Twentieth Century Performance Reader, London: Routledge, 2002