Experimentierlabor: WITHDRAWING THE PERFORMER - Choreographic Clues

Charlotta Ruth
Art Sciences and Art Education, Didactics of Art and Interdisciplinary Education
2021W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S51224


This research lab explores choreography and instruction based art through play and game mechanics. The lab provides a framework for constructing score-based performances and in a second step, invites to bend and suspend rules; to playfully redesign systems borrowed from everyday life or existing games. We will look at things like flow, contingency, participation, agency, reality glitch and game-time and see how this can be linked to own pedagogical practice. Choreographic Clues reflects the political potential of scores and game structures to reshape and practice other realities.

The "Experimentierlabor: WITHDRAWING THE PERFORMER - Choreographic Clues" is offered together with "Experimentierlabor: WITHDRAWING THE PERFORMER - Performances for the Mind" by Jasmin Schaitl. Students can, but do not have to, attend both courses. Both courses will be realised by the course leaders in collaboration.

Based on the research of the project leaders of the INTRA project WITHDRAWING THE PERFORMER (2021-2022), students will have the opportunity to experience performances with a participatory character and to expand/create themselves.


The students are invited to bring in their own interests with the aim of initiating play/game-scores that can continue to develop after the days spent together.

In the lab, students receive a theoretical as well as very well-founded, practical insight into participatory performative practices. Interactive experiments, are actively experienced, reflected upon and expanded by the students.

Literature Suggestion

Suter, Beat; Kocher, Mela; Bauer, Réne. Games & Rules, transcript Verlag


Introduction: p.7-16

Rules of Play as a Framework for the “Magic Circle” p. 19 - 32


Examination Modalities

- Active collaboration, presence and participation 

- Continuous attendance

- Submission of a written short reflection to ascertain the participatory character of the lab, as well as completion of a questionnaire about the experiences and learning content of the workshops.



Limited number of participants (max. 9) - early registration is recommended. 

The Experimentierlabor takes place in blocks in the form of workshops.

The course will be held together with Jasmin Schaitl and supported by Imani Rameses.

Language: German and English.

Corona: In the past two semesters, it has been shown that, if necessary for corona reasons, it is also possible to engage in a meaningful and fruitful exchange online. The respective form of delivery depends on the current operating scenario of the Angewandte. Please note ongoing information from the Rectorate via uni-ak.ac.at - email address.

Key Words

Choreographic Scores, Game Mechanics, Performative Praxis, Partizipation, Kollaboration, Wissensvermittlung, Wahlfach


29 November 2021, 15:00–18:30 Seminar Room 23
13 December 2021, 15:00–18:30 Seminar Room 23
17 January 2022, 15:00–19:15 Seminar Room 23

Course Enrolment

From 29 July 2021, 09:00 to 03 November 2021, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): Fachdidaktische Theorie und Praxis (kkp): FOR: Experimentierlabor (kkp)

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): Schwerpunkte: Fachdidaktik

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): Fachdidaktische Theorie und Praxis (tex): FOR: Experimentierlabor (tex)

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): Schwerpunkte: Fachdidaktik

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): Fachdidaktische Theorie und Praxis (dae): FOR: Experimentierlabor (dae)

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): Schwerpunkte: Fachdidaktik

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): Fachdidaktische Theorie und Praxis (dex): FOR: Experimentierlabor (dex)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): Schwerpunkte: Fachdidaktik

Individual courses: possible