• Class Number 7497
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Sean Dockray
    • Dr Lindsay Kelley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

In this course we explore the genealogy of contemporary art practices that involve bodies and choreographies. This entails an examination of the history of performance art practices as well as traditional figurative representation using decolonial, feminist and post-humanist critical methods. This course will include practical research and experimentation with this genealogy through the unlikely combination of the traditional craft of figure modelling together with postmodern dance. Students will form their own artistic projects in response to this group research, using media and resources that resonate with their conceptual interests. These projects will be developed in relation to key international discourses around the politics of bodies in contemporary art. Each project will form a position with regard to specific representational conventions from within this genealogy and/or current methods that are used to performatively engage with bodies in contemporary art situations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. use, create and discuss decolonial, feminist and/or post-humanist critical methods for engaging with bodies and choreographies in contemporary art practice;
  2. make artworks that critically engage with genealogy of bodies and choreographies in art practice and/or other fields;
  3. conduct research into practices and discourses that involve bodies and choreographies in art practice and/or other fields and apply findings to creative production; and
  4. substantiate artistic outcomes with research and rationale.

Field Trips

In Weeks 7 and 10 (subject to change) the class will have excursions to local cultural institutions.

Additional Course Costs

$10 per student

School of Art & Design MATERIALS FEES

Each workshop sources appropriate specialist materials, which are made available to students to facilitate their working effectively, efficiently and safely within our programs. The School of Art & Design is able to supply materials that don’t compromise ANU obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS), and that have been assessed as suitable for each course. 

The Material Fee is payable for the School of Art & Design to supply materials that become your physical property. You can choose to pay the Materials Fee and have these materials supplied to you through the School of Art & Design, allowing you to take advantage of the GST-free bulk purchasing power of the ANU. These materials are also WHS compliant.

Students have the choice of acquiring these materials from a supplier other than the School of Art & Design, however students should note that many materials may not be WHS compliant (and therefore are not approved for use in the workshops), or are not available for individuals to purchase because they must be supplied and stored in a particular way in order to meet WHS regulations. See here for additional information: https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Class introduction; Portraiture Week 1
2 Portraiture Week 2
3 Portraiture Week 3 Assessment 1 due (20%)
4 Modelling Week 1 Meeting in Ceramics
5 Modelling Week 2
6 Modelling Week 3 Assessment 2 due (20%)
7 Performance Week 1; Excursion
8 Performance Week 2
9 Performance Week 3 Assessment 3 due (20%)
10 Choreography Week 1; Excursion
11 Choreography Week 2
12 Choreography Week 3 Assessment 4 due (20%); Assessment 5 due (20%)

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Portraiture 20 % 09/08/2022 16/08/2022 1,2,3
Modelling 20 % 04/09/2022 25/09/2022 1,2,3
Performance 20 % 04/10/2022 18/10/2022 1,2,3
Choreography 20 % 25/10/2022 01/12/2022 1,2,3
Research and Documentation Blog 20 % 25/10/2022 01/12/2022 1,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 09/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 16/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Value: 20%

Presentation Requirements: Install your work in the Sculpture & Spatial Practice Modelling Room by 4pm


CriteriaExceeds expectationsMeets expectationsBelow expectations

Experimentation (LO 1)

  • Uses these methods to question conventional approaches and the status quo
  • Takes risks in form and content
  • Uses one or more decolonial, feminist and/or post-humanist critical methods
  • Takes some risk in form or content
  • Relies on conventional approaches that reproduce status quo
  • No conceptual or formal risks taken

Contextualisation (LO 2, 3, 4)

  • Works cited are relevant, drawn from supplementary sources, independent research into quality sources
  • Critical engagement with genealogy of bodies or choreographies in sources across form and content
  • 3-5 relevant works cited from lectures or reading
  • Sources evidence critical engagement with genealogy of bodies or choreographies
  • Fewer than 3 works cited
  • Works cited are not relevant to the project
  • Lack of engagement with genealogy of bodies or choreographies

Execution (LO 2)

  • Resolved artwork where minimal changes required for exhibition
  • Work can be experienced and accessed by a viewer
  • Installation supports the artwork
  • Work is too unfinished to engage with as an artwork
  • Installation of the work undermines its reception

Engagement with bodies and choreographies (LO 2)

  • Chosen methods are used to critically engage with genealogy of bodies and choreographies
  • Engages with histories of bodies or choreographies
  • Doesn't engage with genealogy of bodies or choreographies

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 04/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 25/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Value: 20%

Presentation Requirements: Install your work in the Sculpture & Spatial Practice Modelling Room by 4pm

Rubric: Same as Assessment Task 1

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 04/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 18/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Value: 20%

Presentation Requirements: Install your work by 4pm (location TBD)

Rubric: Same as Assessment Task 1

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/12/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Value: 20%

Presentation Requirements: Install your work by 4pm (location TBD)

Rubric: Same as Assessment Task 1

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/12/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Research and Documentation Blog

Value: 20%

Presentation Requirements: Weekly research and documentation blog is to be completed online by the end of Week 12. Details will be provided on Wattle.


CriteriaExceeds expectationsMeets expectationsBelow expectations

Relevant and complete posts (LO 1, 3, 4)

  • More than 10 relevant and complete weekly posts
  • 10 weekly posts that are relevant and complete


  • Up to 100 words per week plus images

Relevance (one or more):

  • Discusses decolonial, feminist and/or post-humanist critical methods
  • Substantiates studio outcomes
  • Conducts research into bodies or choreographies
  • Fewer than 10 relevant or complete weekly posts

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Sean Dockray

Research Interests

Sean Dockray

Wednesday 11:00 12:00
Dr Lindsay Kelley

Research Interests

Dr Lindsay Kelley

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