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Opportunities: Online Course "Engaging the Viewer" with Marilyn Arsem (online) Deadline – March 7th, 2024

Opportunity: Online Course “Engaging the Viewer” with Marilyn Arsem
Where: online
When: March 12-April 9, 2024, Tuesdays 6-8PMC ET
Deadline: March 7th, 2024
Online Application:
Fee to Participate or Apply: EUR 175

Description Of Opportunity:

Who is your audience? How do you engage with them in your work? What do you expect of them? What do you want to tell them? What do you want to learn from them? Whether you are creating interventions on the street, instruction pieces, participatory works, or presentational performances in front of a large audience, you are working in relation to the audience, and an exchange is always taking place between you and the viewers.An audience who actively chooses to come to see your performance engages with the work differently than the audience who unintentionally encounters your work in a public setting within the context of their daily life. And when they are asked to be an active participant, yet another level of engagement is invoked. The environment in which your work is seen – the location, the time of day, other activities that are happening in the vicinity of your work, how you appear, how you initiate an action, also impact how viewers respond to you.

This workshop explores a spectrum of ways with which performance artists might interact with their viewers. You will design and perform different kinds of actions that experiment with your relationship to the audience and consider different strategies that you might use in engaging them in the work. The live sessions will include performance exercises that you have prepared, as well as discussions of the work and readings. Assignments between sessions include a weekly action in public space, readings, and preparations for the exercises in the online sessions. You will also be asked a set of related questions each week to reflect on and write about privately.
For a final project, you will be asked to create a participatory performance, and present documentation of the work.

Dates: March 12, 19, 26, and April 9, Tuesdays 6-8PM CET

How To Apply:

Enroll online at

Contact Email:[email protected]

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