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Amy M Lambert
BIS 498
Bothell Campus

Undergraduate Research

Individual advanced research on topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.

Class description

FORMS OF CONTINUITY (2 credits): This seminar, co-taught by Professors Amy Lambert and Jeanette Sanchez, provides a space for investigating the intersection of topics in BISIA 213C “Sculpting the Human Form” (Lambert) and BISIA 213D “The Body in Performance” (Sanchez) in Winter 2013. To take this seminar you are required to be enrolled in both courses. The focus of this uniquely collaborative seminar is to investigate the intersection of three-dimensional form and performance of the human body. In particular, you will be expected to critically analyze sculpture and performance that bridge ideas of form and continuity and make connections between the readings, artworks, and performances presented in both classes. The seminar provides an opportunity for critical engagement with arts practice and theory and uses an interdisciplinary framework to build a deeper understanding of the relationship between three-dimensional form and performance.

You will meet with Professors Lambert and Sanchez five times in the quarter: every second Thursday between 3:30-5:30 (January 17th and 31st, February 14th and 28th, and March 14th). In addition to these five class meetings, you will be expected to attend one or two local performances and art galleries in the Seattle area.

This course is ADD-CODE ONLY and interested students should send an email to both instructors (ALambert@uwb.edu and jeannie8@u.washington.edu). In your email, please include a short explanation of why you’re interested in the seminar and what you hope to gain from a deeper investigation of three-dimensional form and performance. You may submit your request for participation as soon as the Winter quarter registration begins and until the course is filled. This is a Credit/no Credit course.

Student learning goals

You will develop an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the intersection between sculpture and performance.

You will engage in collaborative, critical discussion about the representation of the human body in sculpture and performance.

You will investigate relational aspects of time and space as they relate to form and performance. For example, you will engage in class exercises such as creating still and moving images using techniques developed by Theatre of the Oppressed creator, Augusto Boal and Environments creator, Allan Kaprow.

You will develop analytical skills to critically assess contemporary artworks and performances in local settings.

You will present your own work and ideas for collaborative, constructive critique by your peers and instructors in the seminar.

General method of instruction

Professors Lambert and Sanchez will divide time in the classroom with collaborative in-class exercises, group discussion, student-led presentations of artworks/performance and critiques. Two field trips may be organized during the quarter.

Recommended preparation

It is assumed that students will have an interest in Visual and Performing Arts (sculpture and/or performance). However, students need not have any prior experience in the production of sculpture/performing arts to enroll in this seminar. Students should dress in clothing that permits movement. Students are required to be enrolled in both Lambert’s BISIA 213C (Sculpting the Human Form) and Sanchez’s BISIA 213D (The Body in Performance) or to have permission from one of the instructors to register.

Class assignments and grading

Responses to readings and off-site field trips (galleries and performances) in the form of written essays and creative artworks. There is a high expectation that you will participate in class exercises and engage in group discussion.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amy M Lambert
Date: 11/13/2012