THE ART AND PERFORMANCE OF PLACE - 2018/9

Module code: THE2023

Module Overview

This module introduces critical issues and practices in work in and between the ‘art’ and ‘performance’ of place. It identifies and invites reflection on key practitioners and theories from art and performance, to inform analysis of work by recent practitioners and theorists. In so doing, it considers the ways in which art and performance speak to critical contemporary issues affecting place, notably environmental change and mobility. It also asks what engaging with place reveals about art and performance practice.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

ANDREWS S Dr (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W470

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Land art
Environmental art
Performance and everyday life
Site-specific performance
Performance in the home
Mobile performance
Socially engaged art
Performance, art and architecture
Autobiography/autotopography (Heddon)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Presentation (Individual) 100

Alternative Assessment

Presentation (Individual)                                          100%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


informed analysis of art/performance practice that engages with place
knowledge and understanding of theories and practices relating to place in art/performance
confidence and ability in forming, structuring and articulating coherent and informed ideas


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A presentation at the end of the module


Formative assessment and feedback


Abstract and indicative bibliography in preparation for the summative presentation.

Module aims

  • Introduce critical theories and practices of art and performance that engage with place (a, b)
  • To question, theories, practices, experiences and politics of place in art/performance (d, f)
  • To enable students to articulate their ideas through informed enquiry to a deadline (c, e).
  • KEY: Letters in parentheses (a, b, etc) correspond to the Educational Aims of the Programme (see Programme Specification, Section 18)

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify specific theories and practices of the art and performance of place KPT
002 Apply theoretically informed perspectives to the art and performance of place CPT
003 Clearly communicate informed analysis to others, to a clear deadline KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Prepare students to locate themselves as independent researchers within the field(s) of art and performance of place. The module will both introduce students to practitioners, theorists and to analysis of existing practice, and provide time and opportunity to discuss and apply analysis of art and performance. As such, this module provides a critical engagement in a specific seam of research that will prepare students with a rich approach to place, a key concern in arts discipline and this degree.

Indicative learning and teaching methods include:


11x Lecture/seminars
Place-based visit and/or workshop
Student research groups (reading/responses to tasks) 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for THE ART AND PERFORMANCE OF PLACE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/the2023

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.