Social Practice in Art and Performance (DRA2073)

30 credits

This module explores what art critic/academic Claire Bishop refers to as the ‘social turn’ in arts practice (2012) and the subsequent rise of ‘socially-engaged’ or ‘social practice’ art. Our exploration of this moment examines critical concepts such as emancipated spectatorship and relational aesthetics, and explores debates concerning site-specificity, community, participation, collaboration/co-creation, and affectivity. At the same time this module aims to reflect on the relationship between social practice art and applied theatre/performance. The module will examine a broad range of social art and performance practices in order to explore points of (dis-)connection between art and performance discourses, which will hopefully enrich both fields.