courses-performance-and-activismPerformance and Activism

This course explores the many ways in which artists and activists use performance to make a social intervention in the Americas. We begin the course examining several theories about performance and activism (Brecht, Boal, Ngugi wa Thiong’o among others) and then focus on issues of agency, space, medium, event, framing, and audience in relation to major protests and political movements as seen in the work of major practitioners: the YES MEN, CADA, Reverend Billy, Anonymous, Zapatismo, and others. Video screenings and guest lectures will provide an additional dimension for the course. Students are encouraged to develop their own sites of investigation and present their work as a final presentation and paper.