Being in Place

                    with Marilyn Arsem


Course Description

This course is focused on creating public actions in your local surroundings. We will consider our immediate neighborhoods as a place to re-embody our art making in ways that are responsive to and integrated with the natural world and the community around us. We will explore acts of reciprocity, working in concert with the environment that sustains us. This includes gift exchanges, eliciting laughter, crafting secret actions, and designing works with delayed manifestations.
Between sessions participants will create actions based on prompts that allow them to practice different modes of making art in public and responding to the immediate environment. In addition to exercises in our zoom sessions, participants will report on what they did in public space, what further ideas have been triggered, and how that work might be expanded.

The course follows a format of four live sessions over the course of five weeks: October 1, 8, 15, and 29, with the week of October 20th dedicated to the preparation of final works. Individual meetings about the final project will be scheduled in week 3.


About Marilyn Arsem

Performance artist Marilyn Arsem has been creating and performing live events for more than forty years, presenting her work in thirty countries around the globe. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, she also teaches performance art workshops internationally. Many of her works are durational in nature, minimal in actions and materials, and have been created in response to specific sites, engaging with their history, use or politics. Arsem taught for 27 years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, establishing an extensive program in visuallky-based performance art. In 1975 Arsem founded an artist collaborative for experimentation, now known as Mobius Artists Group. Mobius has presented work involving thousands of artists over its 40+year history. A book on Arsem/s work, Responding to Site: The performance work of Marilyn Arsem, edited by Jennie Klein and Natalie Loveless, was published in 2020 by Intellect Books of the UK. Additional information about her work can be found on her website:



AVAILABILITY: places available
DURATION: October 1-29, 2024 (no session on October 22) Tuesdays 6-8PM CET
LOCATION: Online course
TUITION FEE: 175 €  (no equipment required)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 26, 2024



Course Image Caption:  
Marilyn Arsem, "Seven Disappearances," 2015, performance, photo by Nabil Vega