May 24, 2018
MPSM357 Experimental Ensembles 3cr.
Experimental Ensembles is an opportunity for students to collaborate in significant ways on
works that involve various groupings of student ensembles engaging in collective actions that are
both performance and non-performance based. The class explores the artistic practice of
conducting, composition, and collaboration along-side the experience of following the
direction of others in order to create an artwork that has a public impact. Students will have to
the opportunity to use each other as actors, agents, units, and parts of their creative vision
in varied environments and alternative spaces. Topics included the examination of historical
works that have emerged from: the Fluxus art movement; happenings of the ‘60s; performative
installation; live choral-based configurations; experiments with sound, light, motion, site, and
performance; as well as, alternative genres such as live cinema. An ensemble can be a Flash mob, a
gathering of organized movements and soundings on a park walk, mobile sculptural elements, or a
series of instructions that a group or public is asked to follow. We will work in large ensembles
and also experiment with smaller forms within the group.
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