FORM & Friction

Undergraduate course

Course description

Supplementary semester information

How can sculpture perform, and when can performance be understood sculpturally? This module will explore the intersections of these two disciplines with an emphasis on experimentation, studio-based creation, and dialogue. Over the first two weeks, the group will work together through a series of exercises that explore, unsettle, and collapse the distinctions between sculpture and performance. Students will then be given independent time to develop a larger work, punctuated by individual tutorials. The module will conclude with project presentations by each student.

Please note: the module does not include HMS training. Students are encouraged to use the workshops they already have access to, or to sign up for the HMS sessions offered through the semester if they wish to use specific workshops for their projects.

Module leaders:

Nicola Gunn, Associate Professor of Performance

Chloe Lewis, Associate Professor of Sculpture

Objectives and Content

This is a project-based module with a focus on the intersections of physical form and sensorial experience. Through what modes does form materialize and how might it be experienced and shaped?

Students develop an individual or group project within the module and are introduced to relevant techniques and approaches through lectures, readings, presentations, tutorials, and/or workshop

Learning Outcomes


  • Gain insight into the relevant subject area(s)


  • Gain experience with relevant formats and processes

General Competence:

  • Translate own ideas and working methods into formats that draw upon the content of the module.
Teaching and learning methods

Methods may include:

  • Project development
  • Individual research
  • Group work
  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Tutorials
  • Assigned readings
  • Writing exercises