SAIC/ Oxbow Performance Intensive
January 7-20, 2018

The course will explore the mechanics of scoring, organizing and executing participatory art works. Special attention will be given to event planning, curatorial practice, site specificity, production, documentation and the effect of multi-disciplinary process in a practical group setting. We will look at case studies of past events but the seminar itself is designed to be an action in and of itself. Participants are expected to contribute to the exercise of hosting an event at OXBOW using the site buildings and grounds as a setting and inspiration for what will culminate in a happening. The seminar will be co-facilitated by Kamau Amu Patton, Assistant Professor, department of Visual and Critical Studies, SAIC and Jon Santos of Common Space and founder of ONTOPO.

This​ ​class​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​conceptual​ ​framework,​ ​​​production​ ​time​ ​and​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​for​ ​creating​ a​ nd exhibiting​ ​​​projects​ ​that​ ​posit​ ​new​ ​modes​ ​of​ ​thinking​ ​and​ p​ roduction​ ​specific​ ​to​ ​each​ ​student​ ​and their​ ​practice.​ ​The​ ​exhibition​ ​and​ ​presentation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​works​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​an​ ​event​ ​that spans​ ​12​ ​hours​ ​from​ ​day​ ​to​ ​night​ ​and​ ​if​ ​possible,​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the​ ​feel​ ​of​ ​a​ ​small-scale​ ​festival​ ​open​ ​to the​ ​public.

Students​ ​are​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​contribute​ ​an​ ​experience​ ​based​ ​work​ ​(performance,​ ​culinary,​ ​curated project,​ ​arts​ ​and​ ​crafts,​ ​design​ ​build,​ ​workshop,​ ​site​ b​ ased​ ​installation,​ ​etc.)​ ​during​ ​an​ ​event​ ​that will​​take​​place​​on​​the​​last​​day​​of​​the​​session​​and​w​ill​​be​​open​​to​​the​​public.​​It​​is​​our​​hope​​that students​ ​explore​ ​new​ ​mediums​ ​and​ ​expand​ ​their​ ​practice:​ ​Painters​ ​should​ ​make​ ​music​ ​or​ ​video, writers​ ​should​ ​perform,​ ​designers​ ​should​ ​cook,​ ​etc.​ T​ hough​ ​if​ ​a​ ​performer​ ​chooses​ ​to​ ​perform,​ ​that is​ ​ok​ ​too.​ ​The​ ​goal​ ​is​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​multi-sensory,​ ​multi-disciplinary​ ​party​ ​that​ ​merges​ ​production​ ​ with exhibition:​ ​work​ ​with​ ​play:​ ​design​ ​with​ ​art:​ ​performer​ ​with​ ​audience:​ ​etc.