COMPLIT 382 - Literature and the Other Arts
Section: 001 Egocircus
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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AIMS: 1. Study some historical examples of collaboration – how they work, what they produce, what changes they cause (in the collaborators, in their work, in their work's reception). 2. Consider whether collaboration is as good an idea for writers as it is for other artists – how writing is different, whether it is worthwhile to try making it collaborative. 3. Do some collaborations with other people/stuff in the class or outside it.

CLASS STRUCTURE: First hour: student presentation of an historical example of collaboration (see list below: Examples) Second hour: student presentation of own work Last class: a final presentation (less than five minutes) of a collaborative project of your own devising in any medium

GRADING: Weekly presentations – Examples and Exercises; Final project

LIST OF EXAMPLES OF COLLABORATION: John Cage & Merce Cunningham & Robert Rasuchenberg; Dieter Rot; Gertrude Stein & Alice or Gertrude Stein & Virgil Thompson; Matsuo Basho and/or the renga tradition; Ryuku and the tea ceremony; Fluxus artists e.g. Emmett Williams & Dick Higgins; William Forsythe; Peter Fischli & David Weiss; Eiko & Koma; Allan Kaprow; Thomas Demand; Laurie Anderson; Andy Goldsworthy; Judy Chicago; The Harrisons; Iam Hamilton Finlay; Tracey Emin; Pina Bausch; Destroy All Monsters/ DAM Collective; The Living Theater; Christo & Jeanne-Claude; The Chapman Brothers; Sophie Calle; Gilbert & George; Bernd & Hilla Becher; Ulay & Marina Abramovic; The Boyle Family; Other

COLLABORATIVE EXERCISES: 1. As a group, choose a poem and devise three different ways to perform. 2. Create a process. Render it unusable. 3. Collaborate with one of the four elements (earth air fire water). 4. Create a verse. Alter it radically by making one change. 5. Create a piece from what is around you. 6. Collaborate with a piece of machinery. 7. Concurrent creation. 8. Collaborate with an accident that you don't arrange. 9. Collaborate with an accident that you do arrange. 10. Go to a flea market. Buy a photograph. Collaborate with it. 11. Create a classroom span. 12. Collaborate with Bach. 13. Burn something. Reuse the ashes. 14. Collaborate with an animal. 15. Take the easy way out. 16. Use sliding or breaking. 17. Write a pretentious sentence. Cross it out. Make it something else. 18. Transform a space through movement or language or objects. 19. Write a text with other[s] by assigning different parts of speech to each. 20. Collaborate with an index. 21. Collaborate with smallness. 22. Map the worst day of your life.

COMPLIT 382 - Literature and the Other Arts
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001 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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