Queen Mary, University of London
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This module explores the political and artistic aims and effects of non-theatrical performance in the
twentieth century and contemporary urban environment. It explores how the city is sometimes conceived as a
dystopian site of potentially enormous social oppression. And it examines everyday, artistic and activist
performative responses to this potential subjection, responses which imagine the city as, instead, a
utopian site of personal and social liberation. We contextualise and historicise our analysis through
studying various theoretical analyses of urban experience (e.g. Baudelaire, Benjamin, Debord, Lefebvre)
as well as a variety of artistic practices (e.g. everyday interventions, activism, public art).
Throughout the module, we work to map the ideas and practices we encounter, many originally grounded in
Paris, in our own experiences of London. The module concludes by imagining what performance might do
next to contest the particular challenges of living in the city now and to explore and exploit its
opportunities. Please note that in addition to the weekly 2-hour seminar there will be regular 3-hour
field-trips and/or screenings.
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
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