News: course about the problematic of viewing performance and visual art 08.04.-29.04.13

I’m now teaching a special intensive course about the problematic of viewing performance and visual art for Theatre Research students at the University of Helsinki (in Finnish). We discuss theoretical, analytical, historical and experience-based perspectives on “viewing” and experiencing performance and other arts.

We address issues such as:
-what kinds of social histories, exposures and (knowledge-)power relations take place in, and inform the acts of viewing and experiencing performance events?
-assumptions about the nature of the viewing subject; what is it to “watch” and “view”?
-roles that image histories and institutional, socio-political and economic frameworks play in specific viewing practices and performance situations
-dominance of “sight” in art discourse, performance analysis, theory and criticism, and the possibility of alternative parameters

In a word: exciting!

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About Joonas Lahtinen

Joonas Lahtinen (* 1984, FIN/A) is a performance artist, director and researcher who lives and works in Vienna and Helsinki. His performances are often site-specific and have a strong installational character. In his works, he explores the politics of space and of the everyday from perspectives that are both humorous and disturbing. Joonas has studied Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and he is writing a PhD thesis about the problematic of “emancipatory” participative art at the University of Helsinki. Since 1995, he has performed in various Live Art, theatre and TV productions both in Finland and abroad.
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