September 9, 2007

Syllabus - Weekly schedule

Week 1
Lesson title : Introduction to Cutting Time, Revealing Time, Hiding Time
Date : September 3, 2007
Topics : Introduction the the layout and scope of the course.

Weeks 2-3
Lesson title : Theoretical underpinnings of time and time perception
Date : September 10, 2007
Topics : Timing systems, Theory of relativity, Psychology of time perception

Weeks 4-5
Lesson title : Time perception in music, part 1: classical traditions
Date : September 24, 2007
Topics : Contemporary classical music North and south Indian classical music West African and the music of African diaspora
Readings :
---Western Classical Music (to be reduced)
John Cage: (1952) 4:33
John Cage: (1985) Organ
Olivier Messiaen: (1959-60) Chronochromie ("Time-colour") for orchestra
Oliver Messiaen: (1949-50) Quatre études de rythme ("Four studies in rhythm") for piano
2. Mode de valeurs et d'intensités
Steve Reich: (1974–76) Music for 18 musicians
Steve Reich: (1970-71) Drumming for 4 pairs of tuned bongo drums, 3 marimbas, 3 glockenspiels, 2 female voices, whistling and piccolo
Conlon Nancarow: player piano works
György Ligeti: (1961) atmospheres
György Ligeti: (1962) Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes
Morton Feldman: (1971) Rothko Chapel
Harison Burtwhisle: (1971) The Triumph of Time for orchestra
Robert Ashley: (1977-83) Perfect Lives, DVD from Lovely Records (
Meredith Monk: (2001) Mercy (
Xenakis: Pithoprakta (1955-1956), for orchestra of 50 instrumentalists
---Indian classical music
Ali Akbar Khan Zakir Hussein T. H. Vinayakram Ram Narayan
---West African and African Diaspora
Aje Addey (Ghana)
Voodoo Drums (Haiti)
Master Drummers of Dagbon (Dagbon)
Los Muñequitos de Matanza (Cuba)

Weeks 6-7
Lesson title : Time perception in film
Date : October 8, 2007
Readings : Buster Keaton: Sherlock Jr. (1924), Alfred Hitchcock: Rope (1948), Chris Marker: La Jete (1962), Andy Warhol: Empire (1964), Michael Snow: Wavelength (1967), Carlos Saura: Bodas de sangre (1981), Koyaanisqatsi (1982), Hal Hartley: An Unbelievable Truth (1989), David Lynch: Inland Empire (2006) , Vernon Herzog: Lessons of Darkness (1992),

Weeks 8-9
Lesson title : Time perception in music, part 2: electronic traditions
Date : October 22, 2007
Topics : Time perception and techniques in electronic and and computer aided music
Readings : Milton Babbitt, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Pole, Rioji Ikeda

Weeks 10-12
Lesson title : Time perception in dance and theater
Date : November 5, 2007
Readings : Butoh: Min Tanaka, Akira Kasai, Kazuo Ohno, Dutch National Ballet: Before After, Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Robert Wilson: concept of Theater of Images, William Forsythe: concept of "/webct/RelativeResourceManager/Template/Multi-timed Bodies", Molissa Fenley: "Hemispheres"

Weeks 13-14
Lesson title : Time in visual and mixed-media arts
Date : November 19, 2007
Readings : Roman Signer, Matthew Barney (1994-2002) Cremaster Series, Andy Goldsworthy: Epheral works, Michael Heizer: Large Sculptural Works, Jant Cardiff: Pre-recorded real-time audio tours, Bill Viola: The Passions (2003), Five Angels for the Millennium (2001), Ali Momeni: An[tic]

August 26, 2007

Course Description

The course investigates questions of time and time-perception as they pertain to the arts in general and to performance arts in particular. We draw on research and theoretical writing form cognitive and experimental psychology, philosophy, music theory and modern physics to study formal conceptions of the human experience of time. The bulk of the course will revolve around the study of a selected number of works of music, dance, theater, video, installations and film; works outside of film and cinema are emphasized.