Professional Course

Reconceiving Space: Installation and Performance Art

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4 weeks
4 weeks
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Course description

Reconceiving Space: Installation and Performance Art

This course is part of the University of Cambridge's MicroMasters programme in Writing for Performance and Entertainment Industries.

How can we use story within the practice of art installation? What function does narrative perform in the world of performance art? Do you want to create an interdisciplinary text as a basis for a three-dimensional site-specific piece of work? We will be looking in depth at how to find your own distinctive voice as you develop as a performance or installation artist.

We will be thinking comparatively about the histories of performance art and art installation, as well as considering how audience reception contributes to the creative process within these art forms. This is a comprehensive introduction to performative art forms that will give beginners a strong understanding of the essential concepts.

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Course delivery details

This course is offered through University of Cambridge, a partner institute of EdX.

8-10 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$199
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • Specialised knowledge of histories, forms, and traditions of writing for installation and performance art, as well as the cultural contexts of innovative practitioners and practices within installation/performance art; of contemporary critical, analytical, and narrative theories of installation/performance art;
  • detailed understanding of key performance components within the discipline, to include: ideational sources, body, space, image, sound, text, movement, environment.
  • dramaturgical and script-editing skills within storytelling practices for performance art/installation
  • developed advanced self-management skills to include working in planned and improvisatory ways, as well as the ability to anticipate and accommodate change, ambiguity, creative risk-taking, uncertainty and unfamiliarity;

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