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Lecture Performance seminar at Bergen Academy of Art and Design

Location: Bergen Academy of Art and Design
Date: 05-06.03.2012
Instructor: Michelle Teran with guest lecturer Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez

Link to seminar page on academy website.

The lecture performance works at the interface between lecturing and performing, providing a mediation between art and knowledge and combining research, visual art and performative storytelling methods. This two day seminar will explore the genre of the lecture performance. The seminar will provide a survey of this allusive area by looking at works coming from visual and performance art, activism and theatre, which will be analyzed and interpreted within a group discussion and debate. If contemporary art can be considered as a space for knowledge production, then what are the terms of inquiry? How is this manifested and information exchanged? How can art operate within academic, scientific, political and media channels? The seminar is intended to generate a useful resource, developed within a discursive setting, that students can then use to inform their own artistic practices.

Students will be asked for prepare case studies of lecture performance that will be presented to the seminar group for discussion and debate. Students will be asked to interpret and discuss the different examples. Case studies can be drawn from a list prepared by the seminar leader. Additionally students can suggest their own examples. These studies will contribute to a building of knowledge and practice through presentation and group debate over content and style. Students will learn how to research and present material for group discussion.

The seminar will also include a live performance lecture by Brazilian artist Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez on the evening of March 6th on the 8th floor Kunstakademiet.

Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received the prestigious Flusser Award Distinction of Transmediale’s Vilem Flusser Theory Award 2011 with her theoretical and performative work Digital Anthropophagy and the Anthropophagic Re-Manifesto for the Digital Age, about cultural cannibalism in the age of digital culture. Vanessa is a PhD candidate at Universit√§t der K√ľnste in a hybrid program of art practice and communication science conducting research at the Flusser_Archiv.

Michelle Teran is a Canadian-born artist whose practice explores media, performance and the urban environment. Her work critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city. Her performances and installations repurpose the language of surveillance, cartography and social networks to construct unique scenarios that call conventional power and social relations into question. Currently she is a research fellow within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, 2010-2013.