The aim of this course is to develop reflection on the relationship between music, the arts, society, policy and criticism through the prism of Community Art. Community Art combines elements of performing arts, music and media in hybrid and often intermedial formats. This course explores Community Arts in all its variety, its potential for active intervention in actual social situations, and the questions it poses to art and music criticism, arts policy, and scholarly research on the audiovisual and performative arts. Students will also be trained in sensitively conducting field research and to report on their findings in audiovisual and/or written form.
Community Art can be loosely defined as a way of creating art in which professional artists collaborate more or less intensively with people who do not normally actively engage in the arts. The basis for this practice is a carefully constructed and maintained reciprocal relationship between artists and non-artists, from which original, innovative and socially relevant art emerges. Community Art involves all art disciplines and can be found in all corners of the world: in immigrant working-class areas, in prisons, in rural communities, in (former) war zones, etc. Also in the Netherlands it is a rapidly expanding field that operates mostly (but not exclusively) outside the mainstream or avant-garde. Because it challenges traditional notions of (autonomous) art making, community art reconfigures existing art theory and criticism in an attempt to validate it both in cultural and in social terms. The course familiarizes students with a great variety of practical examples from around the world and the most recent scholarly insights on community art, In the second half of the course, students will become part of an international research team that will conduct field work in ongoing community art projects in Utrecht or elsewhere in the Netherlands. This course is an advanced module in the Creative Cities Minor and provides the student with hands-on experience in the daily reality of community arts projects.
Competenties-Ingangseisen |Verplicht materiaal|
|Tim Prentki and Sheila Preston, eds. The Applied Theatre Reader. London: Routledge, 2009.|
|E. van Erven, Community Theatre: Global Perspectives (Routledge 2001); Petra Kuppers and Gwen Robertson (eds) The Community Performance Reader (Routledge 2007); Petra Kuppers, Community Performance: An Introduction (Routledge 2007)|
|Jan Cohen-Cruz. Engaging performance. London: Routledge, 2010|Werkvormen
AlgemeenThe first 4 sessions, students will be introduced to practical examples of community art and key theoretical concepts that relate to community art worldwide. They will receive training in field research (observation, interviews), digital documentation, and review writing. From the fourth week on, students will be expected to conduct research in groups in a number of community art projects that will be in progress during the course.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenPrior to the second, third and fourth session, students read theoretical texts (preselected) and answer questions in the form of short writing assignments to prepare them for discussion in class. During the fieldwork period, students prepare informal updates of the projects they are investigating, preferably illustrated with video or still images.
Bijdrage aan groepswerkActive participation in discussions, good team work (thoughtful towards international students, being prepared to pull one's weight), a sensitive attitude towards the hosts during the field work stage, and productive collaboration in preparing the presentations.
The last two working session will be a conference in which students report in teams on their fieldwork and present a preview of their portfolios.
BeoordelingMain points of assessment will be the student's ability to comprehend and apply theoretical concepts in the practice of documenting and analyzing community performance. Particular attention will be paid to the student's capacity to reflect critically and originally on current issues, practices, discourses, and academic research about community art and their ability to develop a tailor-made research method for their investigations.
DeadlinesDeadline for the final portfolio is the last day of block 3.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Communicatieve vaardigheden • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context |
BeoordelingMain points of assessment for the midterm will be the student's ability to comprehend and apply theoretical concepts in writing and in classroom discussions. Additionally, students will be required to operationalize some of these concepts in a plan of action for the fieldwork they will conduct in the second half of the course.
DeadlinesActive participation will be monitored throughout. It involves active participation in discussions, a pro-active attitude in group work, and preparations and the actual group presentation at the end of the course. Three writing assignments taken together constitute a written midterm test.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Communicatieve vaardigheden • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context • Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium |