Thursday, March 5, 2015
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR TEACHERS OF PERFORMANCE ART: WRITE ANSWERS TO CLAIRE: CILAVEE@GMAIL.COM
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS for TEACHERS of PERFORMANCE ART FROM CLAIRE BARRETT: CILAVEE@GMAIL.COM
What is your definition, or a definition you most resonate with, of Performance Art?
Are you yourself a Performance Artist?
If so, please give some background information about your own creative practice.
If not, what context informs your teaching of performance art? (e.g. art history, philosophy, performance studies)
Please give some information about your area of expertise in relation to performance art.
If you are an artist, would you say that your practice is pedagogical? Do you consider teaching as part of your own artistic practice, or is it something separate?
Please comment on this.
As a teacher of performance art, who is your student body?
Is it academic or community based?
Please describe the setting(s) in which you teach (If academic, which department is your course under?) and who your students are.
Do you find the institution in which you teach has a compatible agenda to your own pedagogy?
Please comment if you find this relevant.
Please give an example of your syllabus – goals and objectives and a timeline of your class schedule over a given time period (e.g. a semester or workshop series)
Is there a specific emphasis, method or school of thought on which you base your pedagogy – or do you encompass a wide variety of methods?
Please describe your pedagogical influences.
Do you include a (or number of) specific body-based movement method(s) in your pedagogy?
If so, please describe how you approach this aspect of your class.
What kind of ratio would you say your course contains of theory and history to practice and action?
Are there ways you integrate them? Please describe.
Is one of your objectives for students to create their own original work?
If so, how is this developed over the course of your timeline?
Do the students perform this work?
If so, please describe your production methods in staging student work.
What would you say is distinctive about you as a teacher of performance art?
What do you bring to a class that is unique to you?
Are there aspects of performance art that you would like to explore and develop further in your pedagogy?
If so, what are they and how do you envision introducing them in the future?
Please give any other information or comments that you feel are pertinent to your work and pedagogy – or feel free to suggest questions that I have not addressed.
Thank you so much for your time and willingness to share your thoughts and experiences in this innovative field of work.
If you are interested in viewing my progress with this project, please visit my Transart student blog at: http://transartcebtransart.blogspot.com/
Claire Elizabeth Barratt – MFA 1 – Research project – Transart Institute