For these final two sessions with required readings (Nov 18 and Dec 2) I’ve decided to do things differently. Unlike the first two months of the semester, something tells me my pre-recorded lectures are no longer proving successful. Aside from a handful of you, the comment sections have tapered off, as have the discussions over Zoom. So, as a way of getting the majority of you more proactively engaged, I’ll be posting specific reading questions instead of a video. This way you can be attentive to the reading and offer the class a bit more in the comments/discussion.
For this week’s reading, “Delegated Performance: Outsourcing Authenticity,” 219-239:
What is a delegated performance? And how is it related to the idea of “outsourcing”?
Bishop claims there are 3 different types of delegated performances. What are these 3 different types? Then, choose one delegated performance that Bishop mentions to discuss (probably the one you found the most interesting, but make sure not to pick a work by Santiago Sierra, who will be presented on my Sandzida and Dulce). Please do a bit of extra research on this work to provide richer information for the rest of us (feel free to add video links or documentation, which is always great). And please offer your own critical assessment of the work you choose, i.e. an informed opinion or argument, rather than simply summarizing it.
Please have this comment up by Thursday. For these next two weeks, if you reply to one of your peer’s comments in a sincere, thoughtful, and clearly developed way, I will award you extra attendance credit (this is a chance for those of you who have not kept up in the comment section or participated much in our Zoom sessions).
Please email me if you have any questions, stay safe and until Wednesday!