• Teacher Education Programme
  • Visual arts

Performance – performance art – performativity – and other practical and theoretical approaches to DOING.

A short introduction to how and why I mix and merge art and teaching.

An important artistic and educational focus for me is to use different performance and performative methods. The aim is to open up for a wide and sensual understanding of what it is to perform by using performance methods, without getting stuck in talking about doing. It is important to use all senses, taste, smell, touch, hearing, seeing and looking, as well as improvisation, nonsense and imagination to animate what we learn. Performance is a way to gain practice-based knowledge, with a huge potential to strengthen the reason for why we are doing what we are doing. By using different aspects of performance it is possible to open up for a variety of existential reasons for different educational situations, such as to create happiness, feelings of fulfilment, passion and curiosity.

It is important to not only focus on the end result of the creative practice in a time when both our language and our every days are forced to adapt to economic terms and systems. It is crucial to present other ways of thinking and living.

Performance is a process-based method that refuses to see and treat our fellow citizens as commodities.

To be interested in and working with different performance and performative methods is to be involved in various kinds of games, plays and rituals. Part of my work is to be brave enough to deal with uncertainty and nonsense as a part of the process and the outcome. This, I know, is a complicated road to take within the walls of academia. But to perform in the field of art and education must be about more than just getting a good grade, a title, or a call from the jet set curator of today. It must be to be involved in life itself.

Fredric Gunve

Fredric Gunve

fredric.gunve [at] hdk.gu.se
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Visual Arts