Course: Site Work: Place-making and Performance Practice
This course blends theory with practice to explore the histories and methodologies of 20th and 21st century site-specific and land-based art and performance in continental American and colonial contexts. Site work, or site-specific work, are terms that articulate highly structured genres of theater, dance, literature, music, visual art, and performance inspired by, created for, or somehow situated in relationship to place. Historically, site artists have situated work in places as diverse as city streets, deserts, beaches, on farms, at rodeos, on the U.S./Mexico border, in abandoned and commercial buildings, on the internet, in homes, and aboard trains, buses, and boats. This genre raises questions about, among other things, land and land use; trauma and repair; colonization and migration; labor and capitalism; war; waste; and the sublime.
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