• Offered by School of Art and the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject New Media Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Catherine Summerhayes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course addresses a current social need to extend the ways in which society is able to negotiate and interpret the information about the real world, that is made available to us through the virtual environment of screens.

Drawing primarily on Richard Schechner's work in Performance Studies, the course closely investigates specific examples of screen media, screen-based events and art for their performative, theatrical and embodied aspects. Students are introduced to a conceptual framework wherein performance is understood as both live and screen-mediated behaviour.

Discussions include the following topics:

  1. Realism as an experience of cinema.
  2. Brecht's idea of theatrical gest.
  3. Acting for screen media.
  4. 'Cybercinema' : FX, animation, morphing.
  5. Social practice involving all kinds of screens, including those of mobile phones, computers, cinematic screens.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and explaing the ways in which screen-mediated performance is related to live theatre.
  2. Critique and analyse peformance texts of many kinds, both live and screen-mediated.
  3. Use a complex combination of ideas to form an arguement.

Indicative Assessment

1 x 15 minute Tutorial Presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

1 x Written paper of Tutorial presentation 600 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

1 x 1500 word Essay (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

1 x 2000 word Essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

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12 x 3-hour seminar per week, plus 1 hour of screening and 6 hours of assessment preparation and private reading per week. 

Prescribed Texts

• Schechner, Richard. Performance Studies. An Introduction, London, New York: Routledge, 2002.
• Stam, Robert. Film Theory: An Introduction, Malden, MA.: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.

Recommended Texts:
• Carlson, Marvin. Performance: A Critical Introduction, London, New York: Routledge, 1996.
• Naremore, James. Acting in the Cinema, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1988.
• Schechner, Richard, and Appel, Willa. (Eds.), By Means of Performance: Intercultural Studies of Theatre and Ritual, Cambridge, New York, Port Chester, Melbourne, Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
• Striff, Erin (Ed.), Performance Studies, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
• Extra readings and reading lists will be posted on the course’s on-line teaching site during the course.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3126
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $3132
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4484 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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