CONTEMPORARY ACTIVIST VISUAL ART PERFORMANCE WITH MARTHA WILSON
STARTS 2021-11-07 | 6 PLACES LEFT

THE BASICS

  • 5 videoconference sessions
  • Small, intimate group allowing for a tailored and personal workshop
  • Active communications within the group between sessions to share ideas, collaborate and keep your project moving
  • Individual feedback sessions and tailored support

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Work closely with Martha over a series of five videochat workshops
  • Access a collection of resources hand-picked by Martha
  • Delve into a carefully selected wealth of performance art history, and develop your own performance
  • Get group and tutor feedback on your work
  • Further support after the workshop, in the form of performance, touring, recording, release and broadcast opportunities

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This session costs $349 (or 2 monthly payments of $174.50).
To reserve, click below - no payment is required at this stage. You'll receive a booking confirmation email with secure payment links, and you'll have three days to confirm your booking by making a payment (either in full, or by starting a 2-month payment plan).
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Activist avant-garde artists have historically ignored national boundaries as well as aesthetic ones, taking regular people to be their audience and any subject or material under the sun to be appropriate to their means. Contemporary activist visual art performance practitioners view this avant-garde legacy as their own, incorporating musical, theatrical, literary, dance, film and technological elements in their work in order to address the pressing issues of our time. This course will focus on critical examples of performance art from the last century to today to analyze how artists have positioned themselves in relation to current standards of artistic production and developed techniques of provocation to activate the audience. Course work includes readings of primary and critical texts, class discussion, and performance art presentations by each member of the class presented on Zoom followed by discussion of this individual work.

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past five decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and "invasions" of other people's personae. She began making these videos and photo/text works in the early 1970s while in Halifax in Nova Scotia, and further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving in 1974 to New York City, embarking on a long career that would see her gain attention across the U.S. for her provocative appearances as political personae. In 1976 she founded, and as Founding Director Emerita, continues to help direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation art, video, online and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums.

Martha was described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of "the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s" - she remains what curator Peter Dykhuis calls a "creative presence as an arts administrator and cultural operative." Martha's early work is now considered prescient - in addition to being regarded by many as prefiguring some of the ideas proposed in the 1980s by philosopher Judith Butler about gender performativity, many of her photo-text pieces point to territory later mined by Cindy Sherman, among many other contemporary artists.

As a performance artist she founded and collaborated with DISBAND, the all-girl punk conceptual band of women artists who can't play any instruments, and impersonated political figures such as Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Tipper Gore and Donald Trump.

The workshop is open to everyone, from any artistic or academic background, at any level of experience.



WHERE AND WHEN?

This is an online course, but it involves realtime sessions and contact time with your tutor - it's not a "download these videos and watch them at your leisure" type of thing - it's a real workshop with live lectures, individual tuition, assignments and feedback sessions. We've tried to make this remote session as close as possible to the experience of an onsite workshop at CAMP. The course starts on 07/11/2021 and ends on 05/12/2021. The schedule for sessions is as follows (all times are CET):

  • Session 1: 07/11/2021, 16:00 - 19:00 CET
  • Session 2: 14/11/2021, 16:00 - 19:00 CET
  • Session 3: 21/11/2021, 16:00 - 19:00 CET
  • Session 4: 28/11/2021, 16:00 - 20:00 CET
  • Session 5: 05/12/2021, 16:00 - 20:00 CET


HOW TO BOOK

To book your place on the course, click the button in the green section above. You won't pay anything right now - we'll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know next. Your place is reserved without payment for three days.

You'll find a payment link in the booking confirmation email - follow the link to make a payment (either in full, or the first payment of a 2 month payment plan). In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 1/2 of the fee today, and 1/2 each month (on the same day) for an additional 1 months. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe. If you have a discount or grant code, you will be able to add it when you follow the payment link in your confirmation email.

Once you've made a payment, you'll receive another email containing your receipt, links to resources, contact information and access to our group chat to discuss the workshop with other participants.

IMPORTANT: BY SIGNING UP TO A COURSE (OR A PAYMENT SPLIT), YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS

STUDENT LEVEL: OPEN TO ALL
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: NONE REQUIRED
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: PERFORMANCE, EXHIBITION, PUBLICATION AND BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES OPPORTUNITIES VIA FUSE ART SPACE, CAMP RADIO, AND OUR NETWORK OF PARTNER ORGANISATIONS