Kanta A Kochhar
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of the study of performance. Topics may include transnationalism and performance; eco-performance, community performance; African and Asian theatre. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
Art and the creative process have to do with different ways of seeing and doing, thinking through the materials, the senses, and the potential of the imagination. The question of garbage is: what do we do with the rubbish and why? Using a cultural studies and arts-based approach: how do we begin to think through questions of garbage from a cultural perspective? What does the artistic frame give us? How might science and art speak to each other? What does garbage reveal to us about culture? What does our garbage show us about what is valuable and not valuable, usable and not-usable, about how habits of production, consumption, and discarding our waste? How is garbage part of the process of globalization? How is history related to garbage? Rubble? Repression? What does garbage tell us about our cultural stories?
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Course structure will include lecture, film, discussion, small group work, and workshops.
Some background in the arts would be helpful but is not required
Class assignments and grading
Short papers, reading, a mid-term, final exam, final project
Participation, homework, short papers, final project, exams