Inhabiting Time 

                          with Marilyn Arsem


Course Description

At the heart of this course is the question of how to continue making live art in a world that is more often pre-recorded, edited and virtual. As participants focus on the lement of time in their performance actions, we will consider questions such as " What remains essential? What do we relinquish? What transforms?"

The pandemic has redefined our sense of time, as we have spent more time both in isolation and on the internet, juggling competing demands in our immediate households as well as ones in the virtual realm from other locations and time zones. The simultaneity of different realities, real and virtual, result in collisions when we encounter other people, creatures, and materials whose sense of time does not conform to our own. Rather than resisting those differences, how can we learn to move in concert with them?

Working with everyday materials and actions, participants will engage in a series of exercises to examine their experience and understanding of time. While these exercises were designed for artists creating durational performances, the insights gained in understanding how time operates in one's life can be effectively applied to other practices.

The course includes online group sessions, performance actions and writings outside of the online sessions as well as a final multi-day project. The course follows a format of four live sessions over the course of five weeks (November 14, 21, 28 and December 12, with the week of December 5 dedicated to preparation of final works)


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: November 14-December 12, 2023; Tuesdays 6-8pm CET (no session on December 5)
LOCATION: Online course
TUITION FEE: 175 €  (no equipment required)



Course Image Caption:  
Marilyn Arsem, "Marking TIme V", 7-day durational performance, Palazzo Mora, Venice International Performance Art Week, 2014, photo Daniel S. DeLuca