Performance Art: From Idea to Execution

                                                                                                                with Marta Jovanović


Course Description

The main objective of this course is to prepare the participants to develop an idea into a live performance art piece. In the process, participants practice how to think critically about performance art and find their unique way of expression. In order to gain historical and disciplinary perspective, participants learn about precedents such as Futurism and DADA, the development of the scene in various parts of the world, leading artists such as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, or Vito Acconci, as well as crucial festivals and exhibitions. In addition, the course analyzes performance art in relationship to other performative disciplines like theatre, dance, or video art and addresses key forms such as body art and performative political works. 
Through a series of practical exercises and assignments, as well as feedback and discussion rounds, participants are guided through a specific creative process which is about defining and narrowing down individual relevant topics and performative approaches that lead to a personal well defined and sustained practice



About Marta Javanovic

“Jovanovic is truly an artist of the twenty-first century. She can no longer call one country home, after living in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Her practice moves effortlessly between performance, sculpture, video and installation. She is interested in the legacy of feminism, but she also has deep admiration for her male forbears. Are these contradictory stances? They should not be. For identity today is a shifting and transforming process, rather than a fixed state. We have learned from the achievements as well as the mistakes of earlier feminist thought—prescribing what is a liberated feminism from what is not is a futile process. What is more enlightening is to understand that the post-feminist condition allows for a personal quantification of identity, one that is not forced or assigned. This is what our feminist predecessors fought for so bitterly—for our generation to have freedom to make our own choices about our bodies, our art, our lives.” Dr. Kathy Battista – Marta Jovanovic: Performing the Self (2013)


AVAILABILITY: Places still available
DURATION: May 6-27, 2024, Mondays 6pm-8pm CET
LOCATION: Online course
TUITION FEE: 175 €  (no equipment required)



"Marta's insightful and incisive comments helped me not only to rethink my approach to performance art but also find a more productive, provocative, and even poetic direction in my future works."


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Marta Jovanovic, "Motherhood," 2016, image courtesy Jan Eugster