Undergraduate Degree




DM2009 Performance and Interaction

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To introduce to students a practice-based introduction to the history and practice of performance and interaction in the arts.


This course introduces the student to the history, practice and relevance of performance art. It discusses how art can influence society, the art world and politics through enactments and cross-media interventions in public spaces. Students will develop techniques and strategies for creating performances with both minimal use of equipment as well as with electric, electronic and interactive technologies. They will be introduced to the genres, exponents, practices and aesthetics of performance art in Singapore and abroad.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Modes of “analogue” performance

• Minimalism and maximalism

• Improvisation and notation 

• Planning, executing and documenting action art in public spaces


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Modes of “digital” performance

• Reduced reality and augmented reality

• Media as technology-enhanced body extensions

• Action in public spaces 

• Body and technology: extending the senses


• End of Semester assignment

Learning Outcome

The student will have an overview of the theories and practice of performance art. The student will have a practice-based experience of performance art and be aware of the strengths and limits of the medium. The students will have a familiarity with the many and different ways that an artist can interact in an innovative manner with an audience.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


      1. INFLeXions. http://www.senselab.ca/inflexions/

      2. Allan Kaprow, Assemblages, Environments and Happenings,

      3. Harrison & Wood (Eds.), Art in Theory 1900-2000. Blackwell Publishing 2003.

      4. François Lévy-Kuentz, Yves Klein, La Révolution Bleue. [DVD]

      5. MediaArtNet. http://www.mediaartnet.org

      6. Frank Scheffer, Andrew Culver, John Cage, From Zero. [DVD]

      7. Douglas Kahn, Noise, Water, Meat: History of Sound in the Arts, MIT Press.

      8. The EMF Institute. http://emfinstitute.emf.org/