Experiments in Digital Media and Performance

Spring
3 credits

Experiments in Digital Media and Performance will introduce students to the multiplicity of
contemporary digital performance practices within the field of fine art production. All aspects of
digital media and performance will be addressed, from concept to proposal writing,
presentation, exhibition to audience and community engagement, distribution, and site
specificity. The focus of this course will be on an integrated approach to performance and digital
media; including technical instruction, formal experimentation and critical dialogue. Students
will engage in new media applications/production techniques alongside exposure to key
contemporary and historical digital performance practices, from conception to archival
practices. Biweekly performance workshops will develop the student’s skills in “thinking the
live”, from web-based performance to site specificity, digital interventions, private and public
performances, projects designed for livestreaming and black-box theater. Workshops in
improvisation, sound recording, video documentation, greenscreen and live-feed video will be
incorporated into the weekly sessions. We will also consider the histories of performance
within a fine art context, from Dada, Surrealism and Fluxus to endurance, process-based work
and contemporary black, indigenous, feminist and queer strategies. We will develop several
collaborative projects as well as create individual performances to be presented live in an end
of term event, open to the greater RISD community.

Contemporary Performance and Digital Artists will include: Andrea Fraser, Sharon Hayes, Mendiand Keith Obadike, Laurie Anderson, Marina Abramovic, Carolee Schneemann,Yoko Ono, Faith Holland, Steve Reinke, Valie Export, Chloe Bass, Dynasty Handbag, Rashad Newsom, The Yes Men, Pope L., Clifford Owens, Constance De Jong, My Barbarian, Kalup Linzy and The Wooster Group, among others. Critical Reading: Lucy Lippard, Maggie Nelson, Rebecca Schneider, José Esteban Muñoz, Malik Gaines, Laura Mulvey, Vaginal Davis, Amelia Jones, Johanna Fatemen and Eric Bogosian.