Course detail

Action Media for Exchange Students - Winter

FaVU-MEES-WAcad. year: 2021/2022

The course is organized as a research on action media. It is structured according to a selection of significant themes as they arrived during XX and XXI Century.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will be able to: - identify and summarize the important features of individual works and the collective action art movements; - Identify and describe current domestic and foreign artistic trends in the action art; - to compare and highlight the differences in the attitudes of individual artists; - to apply the basic terminology of the field to specific works of art; - analyze current trends in the field of action art; - describe the means used to implement a specific work of action art.


Genal interest in action media and performance art. The ability to work with academic texts and resources in English.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

GOLDBERG, RoseLee. Performance art: from futurism to the present. 3rd ed. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2011. World of art. ISBN 978-0500204047. (EN)
GOLDBERG, RoseLee. Performance: live art since 1960. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 1998. ISBN 9780810943605. (EN)
HENRI, Adrian. Total art: environments, happenings, and performance. New York, N.Y. [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Pr, 1974. ISBN 0195199340. (EN)
MARTEL, Richard. Art Action, 1958-1998. Québec: Éditions Intervention, 2001. ISBN 2-920500-19-8. (EN)
Schimmel, Paul & Stiles, Kristine. Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979. London: Thames and Hudson, 1998. ISBN 0500280509 (EN)
WARR, Tracey. a Amelia. JONES. The artist's body. Abridged, rev. and updated [ed.]. New York, NY: Phaidon, 2012. ISBN 9780714863931. (EN)
BERGHUIS, Thomas J. Performance art in China. Hong Kong: Timezone 8, 2006. ISBN 9889926598. (EN)
ALEXANDRA MUNROE. Japanese art after 1945: scream against the sky ; New York, NY: Abrams, 1994. ISBN 0810925931. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

According to the number of registered students the character of the course changes from the standard classes (lectures and seminars including facilitated discussions based on materials provided by the teacher) to more individualized work based on consulting.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The credit is awarded under these conditions: attendance + a presentation of the seminar paper (15-20 min.) including visual documentation – projection; content of the paper either derives from the topics discussed during the semester or it may even correspond with a topic of semestral, or final degree work in the studio where a student is based. The seminar paper is also submitted in digital form.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

- Silence, Jump into the Void, Happening & Art-Life, Darkness & Light,
- Senses & Elements, Objects, Time, Score & Archive,

2. PORTRAIT (subject) – EXPRESSION (image)
- Artist and Model & Living Pictures, Statement & Publication, Identity & Mask,
- Authenticity & Image, Personality & Gesture, Fashion & Stylization
3. SPACE (external environment – architecture / mental dimension)
- LAND ART – Intervention & Participation, Performing ARCHITECTURE
- CONCEPTUAL ART, Spiritual Dimension, MYTH & RITUAL

4. FIGURE (body) – (inner space / privacy & intimity / emotional dimension)
- Male Body, Artificial-Cyber-Trans Body, Female Body
- SM, LGBT, Porn-Prostitute-Erotic

- Media & Robotics, VIDEO – Performance & Installation,
- Hi-Tech & VR, Explosive Processes, SOUND ART

6. FIGURE IN MOTION (gesture / dance / voice) – BIOLOGICAL RHYTHM
- Dance, Voice & Speech, SOUND POETRY



The main objective of the course is to acquaint with key action artists and their significant artworks.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Total of at least 50% of the attendance is expected (possible reasoned lower attendance can be substituted by the elaboration of the additional seminar paper submitted in examination period).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme ZST-BX Bachelor's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective

  • Programme ZST-NX Master's

    branch ZST , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective

  • Programme FAAD Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer