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!