Spring 2024 - CA 256 D100

Environments I (3)

Class Number: 7396

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, Thu, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    One of CA 123, 131, 146, 152, 161, 171.



The first of two courses focused on the experiential production of space, Environments I introduces students to contemporary practices, concepts and methods specific to creating site specific and responsive performance.


ENVIRONMENT I we will use ensemble processes to create student-led creations in original off-site performances. From site specificity, site-responsive, immersive, site-adaptive and staged ecologies, students will research, experiment and create original works in response or for a specific site.  The course will concentrate on time-based interactive sound walks, interventions, immersive forms and the body in response to architecture. By activating public space as a venue to explore private and subjective experiences, students will explore how site and architecture can adjust our point of view, influence the structure of the work, or text, by altering the relationships between spectator and performer and questioning what is real or imagined.  We will look to the past, present and projected future of a given site to reveal a narrative both visible and invisible, to observe the everyday occurrences within a location and ask how an audience might navigate through the fiction and reality of a site-responsive, immersive, or site-adaptive work. The course will look at leading artists' work such as conceptual artist Sophie Calle and Janet Cardiff, among others. 

Please contact erika_latta@sfu.ca with any questions. 

Erika Latta

T&TH 11.30-2.20 


  • Participation, attendance, engagement, positive work ethic, knowledge of vocabulary and collaboration 30%
  • Articulation of research and process / Project documentation of scores / Project proposal / Writing / Website 20%
  • In class progress showings, micro assignments, ability to experiment, adjust and apply constructive criticism within the work 15%
  • Final Presentations (Three showings: includes research, rehearsals, technical rehearsals, performance 30%
  • Visiting Artist attendance and participation 5%






$20.00 Student Youth Pass to attend selected or suggested Push Festival shows.


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