Module Identifier PF30910  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Michael J Brookes  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite PF20420 , PF20110 , PF20210 , PF30520 , PF30310  
Co-Requisite PF30520  
Course delivery Lecture   15 Hours 10 x 1hr 30 mins lecture / demonstrations  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours 2 x 1hr 45 mins tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: Method of assessment : either: A Box of Artefacts, to include critical writing to the equivalent of 5,000 words or: An Installation at Site, to include critical writing to the equivalent of 5,000 words - 100% 100%

Learning outcomes

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

Typically, upon completion of the module, the student will be able:
- to review and evaluate critically their own performance practices
- to design and execute the creative documentation of such work
- to exercise personal judgment in the research and development of appropriate modes of documentation
- to accept personal responsibility for the effective documentation of self-authored work


The aim of this module is :

to describe and examine techniques for the inscription and documentation of those performance genres, events and practices which do not exist as play-scripts.
to reflect critically upon and document the practical presentations devised in Semester 3.


Lecture schedule :

1. The document I : an introduction to forms of performance documentation
2. The document II : as text
3. The document III : as mediated object (video, film, sound recording)
4. The document IV : as lecture or second-order performance (performance about performance)
5. The document V : as installation or exhibition
6. The use of other disciplines I : anthropology and ethnographic enquiry
7. The use of other disciplines II : archaeology and dealing with fragmentary evidence
8. The use of other disciplines III : human geography and techniques of mapping
9. Critical genres : opinion, review, criticism
10. A poetics of performance : textual strategies for non-textual performance

Criteria for assessment :

Box of Artefacts/Installation at Site : in assessing the box/installation, the examiner will expect:
- effective employment of procedures discussed in the module and evidence of individual research (10% of the overall mark)
- effective relationship between the performance to be documented and the form of documentation employed (20%)
- effective inscription of performance material (10%)
- innovation in the nature and placement of deconstructed forms of academic writing (30%)
- innovation in the nature of performance documentation (30%)

The lectures will present and discuss procedures for documenting and criticising performance.
The tutorial time allows for the discussion of the feasibility of assessment assignments.

Transferable skills

Transferable skills :

- fully conceiving and executing personal creative initiatives
- self organisation
- project planning and execution

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Tschumi, Bernard (1994) The Manhattan Transcripts Academy Editions
Ulmer, Gregory (1989) Teletheory Routledge, Chapman and Hall
Woods,Alan (1996) Being Naked Playing Dead: The Art of Peter Greenaway Manchester University Press
Baker, Steve et al. (eds) (1996) A Tomato Project Thames and Hudson
Baker, Steve et al. (eds) (1999) Bareback. A Tomato Project Laurence King
Berko, Geroges and Strohmeyer, Ulf (1997) Space and Social Theory Blackwell
Crary, Jonathan and Kwinter, Sanford (1992) Incorporations Zone
Duncan, James and Ley, David (1993) Place / Culture / Representation Routledge
Finnegan, Ruth (1992) Oral Traditions and the Verbal Arts Routledge
Heathfield, Adrian (ed) (1997) Shattered Anatomies: Traces of the Body in Performance Arndfini Live
Least Heat-Moon, William (1991) PrairyEth Andre Deutsch
Pearson, Mike and Thomas, Julian (1994) 'Theatre/Archaeology' in The Drama Review T-144 Winter
Shanks, Michael (1992) Experiencing the Past Routledge
Thorpe, Adam (1992) Ulverton Vintage


This module is at CQFW Level 6