Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2022)


Performance Art in the 1970s

Level 5 (15 credits)

This module introduces the study of performance art in the 1970s -- arguably the first decade of its emergence as a major cultural phenomenon. You will learn about a range of internationally significant artists and groups active in the US, Europe, and elsewhere. You will explore key themes including presence, representation, disappearance, documentation and archives, as well as emotion, difficulty, and risk, towards a fuller understanding of the politics and aesthetics of performance art.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no advance preparation for this module. 

For suggestions of Summer reading and viewing, please feel free to email Dominic Johnson:

You will be required to visit one ticketed exhibition. The maximum cost to you will be £20.  

Why take Performance Art in the 1970s?

1. It is a chance to learn about performance art in a sustained and focused manner
2. You will be introduced to artists and works in depth, giving you extensive knowledge and the ability to talk confidently about major figures in the history of performance art
3. Our engagement with performance art will helps you to understand and discuss broader social and political issues in the 1970s (and after), e.g. in relation to identity, activism, intimacy, controversy, and the law

Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester 1
  1. Written Exercise (1000 words), 30%
  2. Essay (2500 words), 70%
Mode of reassessment Standard
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