Instructor Prof. Antje Budde

Teaching Assistant Julija Pešić M.A. (doctoral candidate)

When 2-4pm, Wednesday. Jan.-April 2021
Where Zoom ONLINE (during Covid-19 crisis)
Department  Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto

Course description:

This course will introduce approaches to a praxis (applied theory, critical making) of digital dramaturgy where process (dramaturgy as a conceptual and technical instrument) will be central rather than product (dramaturgy as a tool). The methodological approach is inspired by ideas of experiential learning and experimental performance, thus making connections between the humanities, the sciences and social sciences. Digital Dramaturgy in this context is understood as a critical instrument of imagining, making and questioning inter-medial connections between material and immaterial bodies, analogue and digital technologies in mediated performance space-times. Students will be required to design and perform projects based on rigorous experimental methods. The thematic focus will provocatively investigate ideas of artistic intelligence (A/I) in the context of current debates and technological advances in artificial intelligence (AI). Central to the dialectical debate will be questions about imaging technologies (i.e. MRI, facial recognition, sensory robotics) vs. imagining technologies (i.e. dreams, imagination, awe, storytelling, alternative realities/utopia/dystopia, critical doubt and laughter).

This is a course of the Digital Dramaturgy Lab_squared. https://www.ddlsquared.rocks/

Key words: Digital Dramaturgy, Digital Literacy, Experiment, Praxis, Intermediality, Performance, Research Creation, Embodied knowing, Animation, Critical Making, A/I Artistic Intelligence, AI Artificial Intelligence, Imaging, Imagination, FuturismS, Theatrical Machines, Theatre of the Scientific Age/Making Visible, Science Play(s), Historicity/Conditioning, Lecture performance

 

Models of learning: Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, Pleasure of learning/Brecht, Black and Indigenous Futurisms, Queer pedagogy

 

Course objectives

  1. Introduce concept and conditions of research creation, critical making, praxis, critical doubt

  2. Introduce skills of digital dramaturgy and digital literacy

  3. Introduce integrated forms of arts&science writing/thinking types (research annotations, project proposals, lab reports for experimental research-creation projects

  4. Facilitate public-facing creative proto-typing and experimentation

  5. Facilitate public-facing multi-media forms of research creation performances – both individual and collective