about the co-lab

NMDS 5593 / CRN 6835, Spring 2018
6 East 16th Street, Room 611
Thursdays 4:00 – 6:45 pm

Instructor: Prof. Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D.
Course Assistant: Mallory Brennan
Course Collaborators: Visiting scholar/dance artist Sasha Portyannikova and artist/dancer Agnese Cebere

How do we make sense of the urban through sensory and embodied experiences? How can we investigate and engage in everyday places and contested sites in the city through tactical media, performance and artistic interventions? In this co-lab we explore these questions through experimental media, embodied performance practices, and site-specific projects. The course brings together perspectives from art, technology, urbanism, media and activism. We examine embodied practices from dance, ritualized movement and street theater, the use of bodies in public spaces for mass protests, sensory ethnography and artistic or media-based interventions conducted around the city. Students will work individually and in groups to devise their own sensory and artistic investigations of selected urban sites using sound, visual and embodied performances to better understand, disrupt or transform the historic narratives, memory or socio-political conditions in these places. This is a hybrid seminar/production course as may be counted as either designation toward a student’s Media Studies MA or Media Management MS degree.


Urban Tactics & Performance Syllabus Spring 2018