Fiction and social activism have a lot in common. A novel, a film, or a play transforms reality by intervening on the level of human values and beliefs. So does an activist action. To do so, they all use every means available to them: the body, words and images. In this course we will analyse some of the strategies and processes used to produce fiction: scriptwriting and acting technique, narrative voices and genres, storytelling, creating characters, etc.; and we will explore their potential uses in social activism.
The course is based on two different types of classes: classroom sessions and practical workshops. In the classroom sessions we will look at some cultural experiences – from Dada and avant-garde theatre to Flashmobs and recent acts of guerrilla communication – that display a new socially committed aesthetic. A type of creation that seeks to set up possible imaginaries and to invent critical devices that we can use for socialisation and community building.
The practical workshops will be divided into two parts: one focusing on bodily expression and performance techniques applied to social activism; and another focusing on the use of images and photography as a form of intervention in public space. Both spaces will revolve around group dynamics, screenings of documentaries and films, working groups, and the creation of practical projects, and leave room for collective debate and discussion.
Participants will employ all the content learned in the course, from acting skills to image processing tools, to produce a collective intervention that can be adapted for the stage or for the streets, or to audiovisual format.
Participants have the option to receive 3 hours of college credit (see the Program Fees and Billing page for more information).