Schedule

Week 1
Overview of class description, syllabus, schedule.
Introductions – background, interest in participating.
Sort out enrollment, sign contracts.
What do you know?
Brainstorm performances that have engaged technology.
Brainstorm possible technologies to explore.

Assignment: choose technology of focus
Read: RSP 190-195 (Abbie Hoffman), NMR 65-72 (Norbert Wiener, Men, Machines, and the World About), CAE – Chapter 4. The Recombinant Theater and the Performative Matrix (read as much as you can)


Week 2
Discuss reframing the grandiose of performance (how to scale down to study).
Analog-digital ice breakers.
Research technology of focus (find examples, prepare mini-presentation of findings).
Technology research mini-presentations, discuss resources, possible demos, people to talk to.
Discuss readings and research findings in general.
Introduce analog-digital.

Assignment: prepare analog-digital short study


Week 3
Share/review analog-digital short studies.
Journal on blog.

Read: RSP 13 (Agit-prop Introduction), RSP 15-24 (Vladimir Tolstoy)


Week 4
Introduce agitation-propaganda (directly accosting viewer, delivering message), discuss readings, look at other examples.
Mini-study in groups.

Assignment: prepare agit-prop study


Week 5
Share/review agit-prop studies.
Journal on blog.


Week 6
Share/review agit-prop studies.
Journal on blog.

Read: RSP 65 (Witness Introduction), RSP 74-85 (Marguerite Waller)


Week 7
Introduce witness, discuss readings, look at other examples.
Mini-study in groups.

Assignment: prepare witness study


Week 8
Share/review witness studies.
Journal on blog.


Week 9
Share/review witness studies.
Journal on blog.
Introduce reiteration.

Assignment: prepare reiteration study
Read: RSP 196-206 (Richard Schechner), NMR 83-88 (Allan Kaprow, “Happenings” in the New York Scene)


Week 10
Share reiteration studies – open performance to public.
Wrap up, reflections.