Communication and Culture | Topics in Performance and Culture
C414 | 1159 | Hawkins

In this class well be looking at some of the intersections between
Experimental Theater, Film and Performance Art of the last 50 years.
Screenings will include Shirley Clarke and Jonas Mekass filmed
versions of Living Theater Productions ("The Brig," "The Connection"),
experimental renditions of Jean Genets "The Maids," avant-garde
productions by  Squat Theater and the Wooster Group; films by Andy
Warhol, Jean Genet and Sophie Calle; performance art by Adrian Piper,
Coco Fusco, Carmelita Tropicana,Karen Finley, Laurie Anderson, Orlan,
Ana Mendieta, Guillermo Gomez-Pea,
the poets at the Nuyorican caf, and Diamanda Galas; and experimental
cinema that ranges from the arty non-narrative films of Hans Richter
and Yoko Ono to the radical narratives of Beth B., Jennifer
Montgomery, Todd Haynes, Larry Fessenden and Amos Poe.  In addition to
scheduled screenings, students will be encouraged to attend several
live performances outside class. Avant-garde and experimental
productions are often taboo-breaking works that push the envelope on
whats considered acceptable in terms of both theme and style.  So be
forewarned.  In the words of the Home Film Festival Video catalogue,
many of the works well be seeing for this class are "not for all

Written work: a midterm, a comprehensive final exam, and 2 papers.