Undergraduate Course: FROM PERFORMANCE TO PARTICIPATION: ART AFTER 1968 (HIAR10136)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The art historian Claire Bishop recently suggested that contemporary art underwent a 'social turn' in the 1990s; a turn that comprised a privileging of participation and public engagement with and within art practice. However, although participation has certainly become a major concern of contemporary art practice and theory, it is by no means a novel concern. Indeed, Bishop has acknowledged that: 'This idea of considering the work of art as a potential trigger for participation is hardly new - think of Happenings, Fluxus instructions, 1970s performance art and Joseph Beuys's declaration that 'everyone is an artist.' Therefore, taking as a starting point the 'dematerialisation' of art proposed by Lucy Lippard and John Chandler in 1968, this course expands upon and elaborates this history of participation in art since the mid twentieth century. We will posit a survey of art's development over the past four decades and chart theoretical advancements concerning issues of gender, race, labour, the body and the gaze - particularly through the development of performance and lens-based arts. Emphasising the increased significance of ephemeral, durational and collaborative art practices during the period after 1968, we will establish a narrative passing through artists including Judy Chicago, Tania Bruguera and Liam Gillick that ties the emergence of the 'social turn' in the 1990s to a historical lineage of art production and consumption.
1: Dematerialisation c. 1968 (VH&HW)
2: The Body and 'the Gaze' (VH)
3: Labouring Bodies (VH&HW)
4: Identity Politics and Postcolonialism (VH)
5: Re-performance and Re-enactment (VH&HW)
6: Time, Duration and Collaboration (VH&HW)
7: Performance Beyond Art (VH&HW)
8: Participation Beyond Art (HW)
9: Dialogical and Relational Aesthetics (HW)
10: The Social Turn and its Discontents (HW&VH)
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 two-hour examination paper (50%) and 1 2,000 word extended essay (50%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||FROM PERFORMANCE TO PARTICIPATION: ART AFTER 1968||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the forms and aims that 'performance' and 'participation' have taken in the post-1960 period. amongst a range of artists.
- Understand political and philosophical developments relating to identity and subjectivity in the twentieth century, and how these have been enmeshed with new artistic forms.
- Engage critically with the main issues attendant on writing histories of ephemeral art, including re-performance, collaboration and audience participation.
- Compare and contrast a range of different media, including performance, video, relational art, event scores and installation.
- Analyse and use a range of theoretical and critical approaches in the formulation of their own responses, articulating views on developments in artistic practice from the 1960s to the present in written and verbal formats, using appropriate academic conventions.
|Claire Bishop (ed.). Participation. London: Whitechapel, 2006.|
RoseLee Goldberg. Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present. London: Thames & Hudson, 2011.
Amelia Jones. The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader. New York and London: Routledge, 2002.
Lucy Lippard. 'Escape Attempts.' in Six Years: The Dematerialisation of the Art Object 1967-1972, vii-xxii. Berkeley, CA.: University of California Press, 1973.
Tracey Warr (ed.), The Artist's Body. London: Phaidon, 2012.
Grant Kester. The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context. Durham, NC.: Duke University Press, 2011.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Written and verbal presentation, visual analysis, textual analysis, visual and textual research.
|Course organiser||Dr Harry Weeks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5450
|Course secretary||Mrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460