Delve into the body as experience in this course through a series of experimental performance workshops, and performance jams. The focus will be placed on the somatic body as a transformative material that is capable of crossing the political and emotional boundaries of a participant’s body, especially in relation to other bodies. The class will also teach the importance of creating performative artwork within the framework of pedagogical experimentations with site specificity (in particular, interventions on the historic 800 Chestnut campus), installation, lighting, and photo/video documentation as archival evidence of performative artwork. With the historical context of site specific performances at SFAI as a lens; we will explore performance pedagogues like Guillermo Gomez Pena, Augusto Boal, Lawrence and Anna Halprin, Linda Montano, and Yoko Ono. Class-time will include hands-on demonstrations of performance art techniques such as scoring, composition, choreography and prop-making. This class will culminate in a site-specific Salon style exhibition based on student interest.
Melissa Koziebrocki is a Feminist Performance Artist whose art practice focuses on the body as the physical site for processing trauma. Through radical somatic explorations, her work dwells in the margins, broaches questions of queer identity, tackles systems of oppression by using the tactics of kitsch intervention. She subverts normative notions around gender, patriarchal violence and the fat body. Born in Toronto, Canada, Melissa is a graduate of the OCAD University. She was a Graduate Fellow and Teaching Assistant at the San Francisco Art Institute. Most recently, Melissa has performed at such spaces as the Berkeley Art Museum, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Highways Performance Space, SAFEHouse for the Performing Arts, Gomez-Pena Performance Salon, Diego Rivera Gallery, ATA Gallery, Root Division, SOMArts, Artscape Gibraltar Point, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Feminist Art Conference and OCAD University. Her work has been featured on Frank Moore’s Vimeo archive, She Does the City, Theory Boner: Manifesto and has been featured on the cover of Foglifter Magazine.