Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Performance and Architecture
Academic Year
Semester 2
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 hour Lecture-Seminar-Workshop


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay (2500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 7 Hours   Oral Presentation and Documentation  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (2500 words) - (to a new title)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Individual Presentation and Documentation  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Identify, describe and evaluate critically a range of architectural and performative practices.

Articulate the relations between performance and architecture in written and presentational form.

Critically consider the socio-politics of architectural design and occupation.

Participate and co-operate effectively in a group context, conceiving and devising a performance intervention in relation to a particular set of social and architectural circumstances.

Organise and realise performative practices in the exposition of conceptual material.

Brief description

This module examines emerging intersections between the fields of architecture and performance, adopting Jane Rendell'r concept of `critical spatial practice? as a stimulus for analysis and performative intervention. Students will consider how performance can be used to interrogate architectural space and practice and to intervene creatively in the ways in which architecture is experienced and inhabited.


The module offers a series of lecture/seminars that will consider practices which articulate the intersections between architecture and performance. In the first half of the module students will be introduced to key spatial, temporal and social concepts. In the second half of the module students will consider the work of architects, performance makers and artists whose work has involved an interdisciplinary examination and/or interrogation of architecture by means of performance. Where possible classes will involve visits to sites in Aberystwyth and will be complemented by a small number of visits to sites further afield in Wales. As a culmination to the module students will conceive a performance for a given location in Aberystwyth using concepts and methods discussed during the module. This will be a conceptual project only: the performance will not be realised. Classes will cover, among other aspects:

Definitions of Performance, Architecture and 'Critical Spatial Practice'
Theorizing the body and the built
Temporality: the performance of architecture in/over time
Imagination, emotion, and memory
Architecture and the performance of power.
Architecture and dramaturgy
`Programme' Bernard Tschumi
'Host' and 'ghost' Clifford McLucas and Brith Gof
Public and private space
Performative architectures

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not developed
Communication Students will demonstrate oral communication skills in lecture/seminar sessions, gain experience in selecting and analysing material for written assessments, and will develop skills through organising and realising performative practices in the conceptual project.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of both its assignments.
Information Technology The ability to utilise information technology is developed in the research for and delivery of both the written Essay and the presentation of the Group Conceptual Project.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realising research project) are developed through the completion of assessment tasks.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed across the duration of the module.
Research skills Appropriate personal research and the development of effective personal research practices are directly assessed through both assessments.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007).
Team work Effective group work through negotiating ideas and opinions is addressed through the Group Conceptual Project. Students will also develop skills necessary to conduct the collaborative activity demanded by this assessment.


This module is at CQFW Level 6