Live Art (DRA2065)

StaffMs Fiona Macbeth - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesDRA1004 Acting and Not Acting
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to examine and explore a range of live art practices; including performance art, body art, and biological art. Moving beyond a fixed definition of live art, the term

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the social, cultural and historical context and development of live art practice.
  • 2. Draw on a range of theoretical approaches to critically reflect on the work of key artists/practitioners
  • 3. Demonstrate, through practical work, a creative and intellectual engagement with live art.
  • 4. Analyse and situate students own live art practice in relation to appropriate theories, themes and questions explored on the module.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Explore theoretical concerns through practice, and vice versa, and to synthesise findings in practical and written tasks. Demonstrate the ability to interpret research into physical practice and vice versa.
  • 6. Contribute research to small groups in effective presentations, to evaluate visual evidence and analyse, critique and manipulate complex material
  • 7. Utilise research tools effectively and to translate theory into practice. 8. Apply library and IT skills in independent additional research.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Develop personal research skills using personal initiative; to set personal objectives and to identify and evaluate personal learning strategies
  • 9. Develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback and to improve communication skills and analytic abilities in discussions
  • 10. Express and communicate creative ideas and images; ability to initiate and sustain creative work, both group and solo.
  • 11. Balance between self-direction and collaborative work; self-management, collaborative working skills, problem solving, critical analysis and valuing own and others' ideas and beliefs

Syllabus plan

The module will be loosely organised around 3 phases.

Phase 1 will be a development stage where workshops will create the foundation for talking about the work we might go on to create

Phase 2 will be a making phase where we test out ideas and play them back to each other.

Phase 3 will be another making period, where we develop the ideas tested in phase 2 and create a final piece of work. This will be guided with input from module lead.

Please note: in week 3 there will be no formal sessions (admissions week), however, students will be working on a task during this time.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities66Weekly staff-led sessions
Guided independent study33Weekly group-led independent sessions
Guided independent study201Preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Small group composition10 minutesAll peer and tutor verbal feedback in class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical Analysis502,500 words1,2,4,5,7,8,9Written feedback on feedback sheet
Group Performance5030 minutes3,5,7-12Verbal peer and tutor feedback. Written feedback on feedback sheets.

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1,2,4,5,7,8,9Referral/deferral period
Group or individual practical examinationIndividual practical examination3,5,7-12Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Goldberg, RoseLee (2001) Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, London: Thames and Hudson.

Goldberg, RoseLee (1998) Performance: Live Art since the 60s, London: Thames and Hudson.

Hauser, Jens (2008) Sk-Interfaces: Exploding Borders - Creating Membranes in Art, Technology and Society, Liverpool: FACT and Liverpool University Press.

Heathfield, Adrian (2000) Small Acts: Performance, the Millennium and the Marking of Time, London: Black Dog Publishing.

Heathfield, Adrian (2004) Live: Art and Performance, London: Tate Publishing.

Howell, Anthony (1999) The Analysis of Performance Art: A Guide to its Theory and Practice, Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers.

Jones, Amelia (1998) Body Art: Performing the Subject, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Kaye, Nick (1996) Art into Theatre: Performance Interviews and Documents, Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers.

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Origin date


Last revision date

March 2012

Key words search

bioart, live art, performance studies, performance art, body art